When Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, the new literary voices of America, traveled to Spain together during the Spanish Civil War, their relationship and rivalry reached a critical point after the murder of a close friend who was accused as a spy. 25,000 first printing.
Both Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos were firmly committed to the antifascist ideals of the Popular Front in the Spanish Civil War. But the support for the left by the Soviet Union under Stalin was troubling to some, among them Dos Passos, particularly when his friend Jose Robles was arrested and executed by the Stalinists as a ****** spy. Passionately convinced of Robles's innocence, Dos Passos broke with Hemingway and other friends, and came to believe that communism represented only another kind of oppression. In this study of the events, Stephen Koch considers both Dos Passos's rude awakening and the effect it had on his later politics (and popularity as a writer, which went into decline), and Hemingway's blind idealism.
- Biography + Autobiography
- March 13, 2012
- February 21, 2012
- Stephen Koch