In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises

With editors J. Gerald Kennedy and Michael Thurston


Part of the Norton Library and Norton Critical Edition Speakers Series

Join us for a conversation between Norton Critical Edition editors J. Gerald Kennedy (In Our Time) and Michael Thurston (The Sun Also Rises) on why these works by Ernest Hemingway have endured.


J. Gerald Kennedy is Boyd Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity and coeditor (with Jackson R. Bryer) of French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad. He was advisory editor of volumes 1–3 of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway, under the general editorship of Sandra Spanier, and he is coediting a forthcoming volume of Hemingway letters, the final years. He is also the author of a number of essays on Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and expatriate Paris, and he edited Modern American Short Story Sequences: Composite Fictions and Fictive Communities. His publications on nineteenth-century American literature include Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing and (with fellowship support from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the NEH) a wide-ranging cultural history, Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe.

Michael Thurston is the Helen Means Professor of English at Smith College. His previous books include Making Something Happen: American Political Poetry between the World Wars, The Underworld Descent in Twentieth-Century Poetry, and Reading Postwar British and Irish Poetry (with Nigel Alderman). He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and currently serves as Provost and Dean of the Faculty.


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