According to the latest and one of the best of Twayne's US Authors Series, donnee of unappeasable isolation"" shaped Hemingway's style, both in art and life. Writing with a springy, supple sophistication, Professor Rovit clarifies the hidden center of Hemingway's own mythmaking, from the artist-adventurer of aggressive-defensive stances to the ascetic craftsman who ""without faking"" chronicled a generation's experiences. Through a careful reading of structures, themes and characters, the professor illuminates the inner and outer turbulence of the Hemingway world: the tyro-tutor interrelationships, Jake Barnes' symbolic wound, the metaphysical treatment of time, the doomed, defiant lovers- above all, Hemingway's special sense of ""code"", with which he fought the absurdities and ambiguities of existence and by which he judged himself and others. Of course, such harsh standards have brought denunciations, including the appellation ""dumb-ox"" from Wyndham Lewis. But as the professor shrewdly shows, Hemingway- proud, positive, pugnacious- reclaimed, in an increasingly collectivized world, the efficacy of the heroic. For that alone he and his works should live.