Elements of Literature Fifth Course
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Soldier’s Home by Ernest Hemingway
More About the Writer
Hemingway’s Home
What do you think happened to Krebs after he left his parents’ home? Perhaps he wrote for a newspaper, moved to Paris, became a bullfighter, and began publishing novels. It’s not that far-fetched. In fact, Krebs shares many characteristics with his creator, Ernest Hemingway. Visit The Hemingway Resource Center to find out why “Soldier’s Home” almost could have been called “Hemingway’s Home.”
Picturing Hemingway
If you’ve ever had a teacher scold you for sloppy penmanship, you’re not alone. Hemingway’s teacher once gave him a D because his paper was illegible. Visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the writing assignment Hemingway almost failed. Then, stroll through the exhibit to find out how a kid with poor penmanship became one of the most famous writers of the twentieth century.
Literature and Popular Culture, pages 656–657
The Decade That Roared
During the Roaring Twenties, America’s young folks spent their time turning their elders’ notions of decency—and just about everything else—upside down. Meet some of the movers and shakers of the decade at the Louise Brooks Society.
Crossing the Curriculum: History
The (Not So) Great War
In “Soldier’s Home,” Hemingway suggests that Krebs had fought at Belleau Wood—one of the roughest battles in World War I. To better understand Krebs’s emotional difficulties after the war, step into the trenches at this World War I site. Read Floyd Gibbons’s gruesome account of being wounded at Belleau Wood. Then, check out statistics of war casualties.
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