A Moveable Feast

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Emily Duthu
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2/18/13
Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast The Lost Generations boomed in Paris after World War I, which is where all of the artists and writers relocated. The term the Lost Generations was coined by Gertrude Stein, she had an argument with Ford Maddox Ford when she stated, “You are all a generation perdue,” which translates to a lost generation (Hemingway 61). The writers and artists of the Lost Generation, portrayed in Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, were people who lived a troubled life, but managed to find a way to use their struggles to successfully complete a work of art. Throughout A Moveable Feast, the writers struggle to get by in day to day life. Hemingway expressed through detail the atmosphere in the streets of Paris post war. Alcohol seemed to be a coping mechanism to pass the time during the struggle of the 1920s. “The men and women who frequented the Amateurs stayed drunk all of the time or all of the time they could afford it…” (Hemingway 15) explains the lifestyle in which the people were living during this time. Gertrude Stein was one of the many people who had a strong influence on Ernest Hemingway’s life. Miss Stein played the role of Hemingway’s mentor throughout his writing career. Although Gertrude Stein was not a writer, she was the only opinion that mattered when it came to success in writing novels. Stein was not one to express positive feelings about another’s writing, as Hemingway explains in the novel; “In the three or four years we were good friends I cannot remember Gertrude Stein ever speaking well of any writer who had not written favorably about her work or done something to advance her career…” (Hemingway 59). “His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings…I was lucky to meet him just after a good time in his writing…...

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