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Iles à la dérive by Ernest Hemingway

By Ernest Hemingway

«Au cours de los angeles traversée, Thomas Hudson apprit que l’enfer ne ressemble pas nécessairement à ce qu’a décrit Dante ou l’un des grands peintres de l’enfer, mais qu’il pouvait être un bateau confortable, agréable et très apprécié, vous emportant vers un can pay dont vous vous êtes toujours approché avec impatience. Il avait plusieurs cercles, et ils n’étaient pas formés comme ceux du grand égotiste florentin. Il pensait que sur le bateau il pourrait parvenir à un accommodement avec l. a. douleur, ne sachant pas encore qu’il n’y a pas d’accommodement avec los angeles douleur.»

Les trois récits qui composent Îles à los angeles dérive furent publiés à titre posthume. On y rencontre Thomas Hudson, peintre et double de l’auteur, dans une partie de pêche avec ses enfants, puis à Cuba durant los angeles Seconde Guerre mondiale, en mer enfin chassant les sous-marins allemands. L’histoire d’un homme pour qui l. a. vie, faite de combats, de tournées dans les bars et de souffrance, est l’envers de los angeles création.

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Even the sympathetic Lewès later wrote that it was “overmasculine,” with a vigor that “often amounts to coarseness,—and is certainly the very antipode to ‘ladylike’ ” (Edinburgh Review, January 1850). Such harsh judgments and misconceptions were difficult enough; this mixture of exhilaration in publishing and disappointment in notices was followed all too rapidly by the sudden decline of Emily, followed soon by Anne, from tuberculosis. The two sisters died not long after Branwell’s ignominious demise, probably from alcoholism though possibly also from tuberculosis.

Charlotte’s novel Shirley is published by Smith, Elder and Co. In November, Char lotte travels again to London, this time as a well-known author.  1850 Charlotte returns to London. In August, she travels to Win dermere, where she meets the writer Elizabeth Gaskell, with whom she becomes close friends. In December, Char lotte writes the prefaces and biographical notes for her sisters’ novels; she reveals the true identities of the “Bells” and works to protect the posthumous reputations of Emily and Anne, who have received some criticism for their “coarse” and “nihilistic” writings.

Reverend Brontë kept his children abreast of current events; among these were the 1829 parliamentary debates centering on the Catholic Question, in which the duke of Wellington was a leading voice. Charlotte’s awareness of politics filtered into her fictional creations, as in the siblings’ saga The Islanders (1827), about an imaginary world peopled with the Brontë children’s real-life heroes, in which Wellington plays a central role as Charlotte’s chosen character. Throughout her childhood, Charlotte had access to the circulating library at the nearby town of Keighley.

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