Hemingway and the Harvard Poets ed. by Fondazione Luca
This book comes out of the desire to tell the story of six young American men who, as World War I in Europe became more brutal, decided to enroll as volunteer ambulance drivers and sail overseas in the name of freedom. They arrived in Bassano del Grappa in the conflict's last year and were quartered at Villa Ca' Erizzo. They became known as "The Harvard Poets" because some of them had published a collection of poetry once they graduated from the renowned university, which came to represent the response to the war by America's educated classes. Brought together by love for poetry and painting, thirst for adventure, and youthful zeal, the six young men considered the ambulance as a privileged spot from which to observe the world, and the war as a cruel and inexhaustible source of inspiration. In addition to describing the heroic efforts and love troubles of the future Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway and his hospital companion Henry Serrano Villard, this volume reveals the Bassano escapades of four "veteran" colleagues of theirs: John Dos Passos, Sydney Fairbanks, Dudley Poore, and John Howard Lawson. The reader will be taken on a journey through history and literature, travelling back in time to that fateful year 1918, when Bassano and Ca' Erizzo became crossroads for the U.S. cultural élite of the next decades.
Publisher: Museo Hemingway e della Grande Guerra-Fondazione Luca Onlus Publication Year: 2020
Edizione: Italian and English