Ernest Hemingway and His Growth as a Political Activist in the 1930s

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  • Anders Greenspan Texas A&M University-Kingsville

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18533/journal.v6i4.1163

Keywords:

Cuba, Hemingway, Key West, Spain.

Abstract

Ernest Hemingway was one the United States’ most famous authors of the twentieth century.  Known primarily for his fiction, Hemingway was also a journalist and a political commentator. Although he was reluctant in his early years to share his political beliefs with a wide audience, as he grew older and the political events of the 1930s grew more ominous, Hemingway went to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War as a journalist. Although he began with a more neutral approach to the fighting in Spain, as the war wore on, Hemingway openly became a strong supporter of the Republican cause. He then began to work as a political commentator for the magazine Ken, openly espousing an antifascist view, clearly breaking with his previously neutral approach to world affairs, continuing this position with the publication of his world-famous novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. By the 1940s Hemingway was internationally known and his political beliefs were an integral part of who he was.   

Author Biography

Anders Greenspan, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Assoc. Professor of History,Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy

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2017-04-17

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