Anthony Burgess | Critical Essay by Paul Lukacs

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Anthony Burgess.
This section contains 509 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Paul Lukacs

Anthony Burgess' Ernest Hemingway and His World is trying to be an attractive (there are over a hundred photographs) summary of Hemingway's life. Yet there is more to writing a biography, even one as short as this, than merely mixing facts and anecdotes with occasional off-hand interpretations. Burgess' central theme is that "Hemingway the man was as much a creation as his books, and a far inferior creation."

While this is an interesting thesis, Burgess never argues it. Even the crudest of amateur psychologists could make better sense of Hemingway's self-creation. I say psychologists because Burgess himself plays this role, his fundamental critical assumption being that a writer's work can be explained and understood through a knowledge of his life. This can be a valuable assumption, especially with a writer whose work is as autobiographical as Hemingway's. But instead of exploring the relationship between Hemingway's...

(read more)

This section contains 509 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Paul Lukacs
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Essay by Paul Lukacs from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook