Poe's "Theory of Omission" and Hemingway's "Unity of Effect"

Ammary, Silvia
September 2010
Edgar Allan Poe Review;Fall2010, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p53
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the theory of omission practiced by Edgar Allan Poe and how his unity of effect influenced the short stories of Ernest Hemingway, particularly "Cat in the Rain." It discusses omission in "The Cask of Amontillado," by Poe, in which Poe omits several hidden elements to be filled by the readers. It says that the works of Hemingway make the influence of Poe more visible, giving direction and continuation to the development of American literature.


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