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Faculty Mentors

Jane Rose

Abstract

Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Heller are linked to one another in fascinating ways, for both authors achieved their greatest acclaim upon publication of their first major novel, works written during and about the respective postwar eras each author found himself in after directly participating in the war effort years earlier. One of the more interesting aspects of the abundant literary criticism devoted to Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Heller's Catch-22, concerns critical opinion regarding the authors' treatments of war in their most celebrated novels. While it is generally agreed that neither novel is "about war" per se (a critic might one day take the task of explaining how any great novel could be), much of the criticism glosses over the seismic importance the subject holds for both authors.

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