Since I assume a general audience, I used Hemingway as short-hand for “American way” and other writers noted by Ward, most of whom a general readership wouldn’t recognize. If you feel such a short-hand is off-base, I certainly understand. I taught American literature and this novel for a couple of decades, and feel the comment for non-lit people is fair.

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P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education Furman University, taught high school English before moving to teacher education.

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