Books: Arizona Hemingway

BOOM TOWN—Jack O'Connor—Knopf ($2.50).

When Ernest Hemingway created his monosyllabic prize fighters, gangsters, bull fighters, he gave U. S. writers a powerful insight into the workings of the minds of criminals, fighting men and tough characters in general. Imitators who borrowed his peculiar style soon burned themselves out, but the full impact of Hemingway's major achievement is just beginning to make itself felt in U. S. fiction. Last week a young Arizona novelist showed what happens when the legendary heroes of the Old West—men of the cast of Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday—are examined with an understanding gained from Hemingway's studies of...

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