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October 5, 2023 59 mins

Hemingway coined the phrase “grace under pressure” in a 1926 letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Since then, the phrase has been repeated like a mantra to describe Hemingway’s attitude toward life and death, his definition of courage, and is regularly used as a lens through which to view his fiction.

On this episode, scholar David Wyatt joins us to discuss the significance and legacy of “grace under pressure.” Over the course of the interview, we apply the model of “grace under pressure” to various examples from Hemingway’s career: A Farewell to Arms, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and more.

Wyatt distinguishes “grace under pressure” from the simplistic descriptions of machismo that often burden considerations of Hemingway’s work. Join us for this illuminating conversation on a classic Hemingway theme with a renowned Hemingway scholar! 

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