New Republic. 9/9/67, Vol. 157 Issue 11, p23-28. 5p.
SENTIMENTALISM in literature, ABSURD (Philosophy) in literature, AESTHETICS, and AMERICAN literature
Illustrates America's thriving sentimental aesthetic tradition, which the author characterizes as poetics of the absurd. Examination of Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" and Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" to argue artistic evolution from the sentimental to the absurd imagination; Nature's sympathy for man's fate in Hemingway; Absurdity of moral displacement in Mailer.