|Posted: 16 November 2005 at 1:34pm | IP Logged
I got into Faulkner from reading Hemingway. The assignment you propose I would guess would best approached for the Faulkner side. I believe that Hemingway will stand the test of time better than Faulkner. Especially in today’s world where we live our lives at Internet speed. Who wants or has the time to read a book where a sentence is a paragraph long and a paragraph is a page long?
Here are some comparisons:
Neither had formal education beyond high school.
Both lived in Paris at the same time.
Both served in foreign armies during WW I.
Both had problems with alcohol, though Faulkner more so.
Both had life-long problems with the IRS.
Both had farms: Faulkner had Bailey’s Woods; Hemingway had Finca Vigia.
Both were awarded the Nobel prize in literature.
Hemingway wrote in short sentences; Faulkner wrote in long sentences.
Hemingway wrote the novel To Have and Have Not; Faulkner wrote the screen play for the movie To Have and Have Not.
Each had a young female that he mentored.
Each criticized the other’s writing style.
Hemingway wrote about the “Code Hero;” Faulkner wrote about “Southern Culture.”
Both were hypochondriacs.
Any one of the topics above, and I’m sure there are many more, should be enough to get you going and would make for an interesting essay. Let me know if you write any or find any; I’d like to read them.
Edited by RobbieJor on 16 November 2005 at 4:31pm