Ernest Hemingway: One True Sentence

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University of Evansville

Dr. Mark Cirino is Professor of English at the University of Evansville, where he has taught American literature for fifteen years. He has authored or edited ten books, including Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, Reading Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees, and most recently, One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art, which he edited with Michael Von Cannon. He hosts One True Podcast, which explores Ernest Hemingway’s life, work, and world.



Ernest Hemingway’s cartoonish “Papa” persona – the brawler, boozer, braggart, big game hunter, and chronic womanizer— often overshadows his singular greatness as a writer. In this presentation, we will ignore the temptation of biography and myth to concentrate instead on the most enduring contribution of Hemingway’s life: his writing. Using Hemingway’s “one true sentence” credo as inspiration, we will examine representative sentences from texts such as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and A Moveable Feast to discover techniques that gave his work such lasting power. Join English Professor Mark Cirino, host of the Hemingway Society’s popular One True Podcast, as he guides us through Hemingway’s legendary career: one sentence at a time.




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Raul Caceres


I enjoyed it very much, it was a great lecture

1 year ago
Wendy Meer


My one true sentence: it was a pretty magnificent lecture. Thank you.

1 year ago
barbara ann.fields

You have peaked my curiosity

I feel that my time spent reading Hemingway’s writings were flawed because no one talked about the man and his “one true sentence” as you did. I am looking forward to reading him again from that perspective.

1 year ago
Brightview Devon

Enjoyed by all!

Senior Residents truly enjoyed this lecture.

1 year ago
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