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October 16, 2023 55 mins

Have you ever read “The Porter”? In this episode, we take you to a seldom-visited corner of Hemingway’s short story catalogue to discuss this fascinating outtake from his discarded novel about a father-son train trip across the United States into Canada.

For guidance over this unfamiliar terrain, we turn to the great Ian Marshall, who explains the racial, class, and historical elements of this tale. We discuss how Hemingway captures the American landscape, the father-son relationship, where this story fits into Hemingway’s career, and even how “The Porter” relates to Johnny Cash’s “Hey Porter.”

Join us as Prof. Marshall helps us celebrate Hemingway’s achievements as a short story writer with this wonderful and illuminating discussion! 

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