Did a Censored Female War Writer Inspire Hemingway's Famous Style?

Cynthia Wachtell's picture

Cynthia, as a longtime Hemingway fan I'd love to read the article, but your link took me to a login screen that stopped me in my tracks. A copy open to all would be welcome.

Naturally, like most aficionados I had a soft assumption that the terse fundamentals of his style derived from his days as a reporter, before and after the Great War. But I'm willing to be proved wrong!

[ED NOTE: a usable link is here: http://theconversation.com/did-a-censored-female-writer-inspire-hemingwa... ]

I think there is a persuasive argument here. Hemingway was certainly a collector of experiences that later showed up in his fiction. He was slightly desperate to get into the Great War, and his relatively brief (if violent) exposure to it was significant. Given that his fiction about the war was always about the dark side of it, and the experience of those wounded, it's easy to see him being influenced by Ellen La Motte, herself an admired friend of Hemingway's literary friend and mentor, Gertrude Stein. La Motte's own fiction seems to have had the straightforward, powerful descriptive phrasing that characterized the best of Hemingway's work in his prime.