"What is compelling in Fruscione's study is the way he extends these biographical skirmishes to the authors' writing, and how he discovers in them an intertextual back-and-forth that makes the contest less about professional jealousy and stature-jockeying than aesthetics. The book takes a persuasive ride through both major and minor works to demonstrate the differences involve so much more than polysyllables and dictionaries." --Kirk Curnutt, Professor & Chair of English, Troy University. See thehemingwayproject.com/.
"Fruscione adds a critical dimension to his book that distinguishes it from other biographical treatments of the Faulkner-Hemingway rivalry. While demonstrating the ways in which a literary relationship can exemplify the principle of iron sharpening iron, Fruscione has also forged a work of considerable merit and originality." --Neil Stubbs for The Hemingway Review, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
"Fruscione's detailed exploration of the ongoing competition between these two giants of twentieth-century American literature is a rewarding read. He charts the duel from the 1930s, through an 'almost' meeting in 1947 when Hemingway and his friend Toby Bruce stopped off in Oxford on their way from Key West to Michigan and Idaho, through their deaths in the early 1960s. Similarities abound and Fruscione does an admirable job of exploring them." --Mimi Reisel Gladstein for Notes and Queries, University of Texas at El Paso
“Joseph Fruscione takes a long and always responsible look at the important and fascinating subject of the Faulkner-Hemingway rivalry, demonstrating along the way that there were losses to both writers, but, however perversely it seems to be, there were also enormous gains for their writing. It contributes significantly to the scholarship on these two literary giants, as well as shedding light on the intriguing ways rivalry can diminish the individual who writes the book even as it spurs him on to do more and often enough write better books.” —George Monteiro, professor emeritus of English, Brown University
“In his carefully and systematically researched book, Joseph Fruscione provides Faulkner and Hemingway scholars and students with what I qualify as the definitive study on the lifelong relation between the two writers. He provides insights not only into the various ways Faulkner’s and Hemingway’s careers intersected, but also into the implications that such intersections had for the shaping and evolution of American Modernism.” —Manuel Broncano, professor of American literature, Texas A & M International University
“Joseph Fruscione’s study is the best, most balanced account ever produced of the artistic relationship between William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Their careers dominate twentieth-century American literature, and, as this book shows, the example and work of each writer informed and influenced that of the other. Both men recognized the value of the other, and Fruscione goes a long way toward explicating the complexities of admiration and jealousy on the part of both. Fruscione is not a partisan of either writer; his book is one of sound, objective scholarship and writing.” —Robert W. Trogdon, Kent State University
About the Author
Joseph Fruscione is adjunct professor of English at Georgetown University and adjunct assistant professor of First-Year Writing at George Washington University.