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Did a censored female writer inspire Hemingway’s famous style?

A photograph of Ellen N. La Motte soon after completing ‘The Backwash of War’ in 1916. Image: Courtesy of the National Archives, College Park, Maryland, Author provided

Cynthia Wachtell

Research Associate Professor of American Studies & Director of the S. Daniel Abrham Honors Program, , Yeshiva University

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Gertrude Stein – who would go on to mentor Hemingway – was close friends with La Motte. Image: Library of Congress

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