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The Sun Also Rises

A voracious reader, Robert Steimle particularly enjoys the works of Herman Melville, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingways classic novel, The Sun Also Rises, maintains a place among Steimles favorite books. As Hemingways first published novel, The Sun Also Rises continues to rank among the most important American modernist novels of that entire period. Released in the United States by Charles Scribners Sons in October 1926, The Sun Also Rises received U.K. distribution a year later by Jonathan Cape under the title of Fiesta. Based in part on real events, The Sun Also Rises concerns a band of American expats who decide to travel to Spain together in order to witness Pamplonas annual running of the bulls. Two of the principal themes of The Sun Also Rises are the idea that the so-called Lost Generation came into being after World War I and the eternal, cyclical nature of life. Among other things, The Sun Also Rises introduced the world to Ernest Hemingways uniquely restrained and spare writing style. Derived in part from his experiences as a journalist, Hemingways particular approach to narrative tended toward the understated, conveying deeper meanings through characters actions and interactions rather than explicit explanations. Starting on his birthday in 1925, Ernest Hemingway completed the first draft of The Sun Also Rises a mere two months afterward, revising it much more thoroughly a year later. Once referred to by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a romance and a guidebook, Ernest Hemingways first novel continues to serve as a classic of American fiction today.