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quotes: hemingway v. fitzgerald

Posted by rigorousm on August 2, 2010

The dominant principle in Hemingway’s literary world is not time. Its fundamental unit is the moment, and the overall effect is not procured by accumulation of these unites but by their juxtaposition, their constant relevance, their uninterrupted, closely meshed sequence. This is an aesthetic dramatically opposed to Fitzgerald’s, which was based on a keen sense of the past’s survival in the present. In Fitzgerald’s work the present memory always charged with nostalgia or hope, is necessary defined by the past or the future whether of a character, a group, or a civilization.

– Le Vot’s Fitzgerald biography, p. 193.

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