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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - LSC Kingwood



Ernest Hemingway


In The Sun Also Rises, 1926, Hemingway uses sparse but colorful description, skillful character portraits and realistic dialogue to portray life among a group of American expatriates on the Left Bank of Paris in the time following the end of World War I.  Action in the novel takes place in Paris and in Pamplona, Spain, during the 1920's.


Main Characters 

Jake Barnes, an American newspaper correspondent.
Lady Brett Ashley, a war widow and one of the "lost generation"
Robert Cohn, a young writer
Michael Campbell (Mike), Brett's fiancé
Bill Gorton, Jake's friend
Pedro Romero, a Spanish bullfighter

Topics to consider include: disillusionment, friendship and relationships, irony, moral confusion, machismo, and sexual dysfunction

Librarian Talk . . .About Books!

Apply online for a library card. Use your card to:
1) Place a Hold on a book and have it sent to the library closest to you
2) Access journal and reference databases from home, and
3) Access e-Books from the eBook Collection.

  • Use the library catalog to search for other books containing critical essays about Hemingway’s novels and specifically Sun Also Rises .  Look at books on the shelf nearby to find other sources of information on Hemingway. Check with your instructor, or the Circulation desk to see if any books have been placed on reserve for your class, or search the library catalog for reserve books
  • Online books (database paid for by our libraries) are available in the  eBook Collection.  Use your library card to log in.  Create a free account to save favorite titles or your own notes on the books you read.
More about finding books (31 sec.)

Use books about The Sun Also Rises to help choose and develop a topic for your paper and to find critical essays on the novel.  To locate books, search the library catalog.   Enter the title as a Keyword Anywhere or as a Subject search to find books which analyze or offer critical essays.  Use some of the books listed below to begin developing the topic for your paper or to get background material on Hemingway's work.  eBooks are also available in eBook Collection, a database of full text online books. Create a free account on any campus computer in order to save favorites or take notes on books you view.  

REF PN771.C59 - Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - A multi-volume set containing excerpts from scholarly articles on many literary works.  Information on Hemingway is located in more than one volume, but information on The Sun Also Rises is primarily located in volume 61.

Search the shelves near these books to find more on The Sun Also Rises.       

PS 3515 . E37 Z6193 - Hemingway Repossessed

PS 3515 .E37 S927 - A Rotten Way to Be Wounded

PS 3515 .E37 S922 - Brett Ashley  The eBook linked here is also on reserve at the circulation desk for use in the library in print form.

Check for other books on reserve under your instructor's name in the library catalog. They will be at the circulation desk for use in the library.


Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles!

Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. Use them to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. Home access to article databases is available with your updated library card barcode number. If you need assistance finding an article contact the Reference Librarians and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if necessary. Use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login to these online journal databases.

More about searching databases (25 sec.)

Use databases to find articles from scholarly journals which discuss The Sun Also Rises.  Many of the articles are full text within the database, so you will be able to email them, print them or download them to a disk.  Enter your current library card barcode number to login.  eBook Collection allows you to create a free account to take notes,  save favorite e-books for viewing later, and save other EBSCOhost database search results. Project Muse and JSTOR are recommended.

ProjectMuse - Begin your search by entering the title of the novel in the search box in quotation marks.  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen to focus your search to Journals, full access (complete articles), or research areas. You can Modify a search to add keywords from your thesis - click on the + mark to add search boxes.  This database is also entirely scholarly, so all articles will be of the appropriate academic level for your research.

JSTOR - Print or save full-text articles from high quality scholarly journals, generally from older issues. Use the Advanced Search page and enter one keyword or keyword phrase in each of the boxes offered for the most productive searches. Begin with keywords Hemingway and Sun Also Rises then add keywords from your thesis. Limit your results to Articles to find scholarly articles which analyze the novel. Focus your results by choosing Language & Literature from the disciplines list.

Academic Search Complete  - This multi-subject database contains articles from scholarly journals in literature.  On the Advanced Search Page, limit your search to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."  Enter a keyword from the title and Hemingway to find articles discussing the novel.

Literature Resource Center - This database contains information about novels and authors.  Students can search for biographical information (Author search) or information about the authors works (Title search).  Choose articles which are critical essays.  Those articles will be from scholarly journals.  

Bloom's Literary Database Online  |  This database is a collection of many analytical essays discussing literature.  These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online. Find information about The Sun Also Rises, or read about Ernest Hemingway's life and entire body of work. 

eBook Collection   - A database of eBooks (also find them using the library catalog and limit your search to Collection: Electronic Books). Use one of the library computers or any campus computer to create a free account in order to save search results on this or any EBSCOhost database.  You can search the contents of the books electronically to find information about your topic.  The eBook Collection does contain information about The Sun Also Rises.  One of the books is Brett Ashley (linked above); this book is also on reserve in the library.

The Sun Also Rises - this short segment of a longer video talks about Hemingway and his early publications.  The entire video can be found in Films On Demand, a video database linked to the LSC Libraries Research Databases page. 


Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet!

The Internet is a wonderful source for original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:

  1. Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been.
  2. Source - Who wrote the information? Look at the domain.  .edu .gov. org .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.
More about finding internet sources (25 sec.)

The Internet provides access to information on Ernest Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises, but students need to be careful to evaluate the information for validity, the level of scholarship, the content of the site, and the authority (who created the site).  If you are in doubt about the usefulness of an Internet site, check with your instructor before adding it to your works cited.  The sites below have been reviewed by the librarians.

The Ernest Hemingway Society This web page is a collection of information about Hemingway and his work.  The society was founded by in 1965 Mary Hemingway, his widow .


Librarian Talk about getting help!

Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor; use the LSC-Online in-class email to contact them.

More about getting help (25 sec.)

Citing Sources Using MLA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Avoiding Plagiarism  |   Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.

The Learning Center   |   Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.

Dr. James Skelton || Prof. Cindy Baker

page created by Becky Bradley, Oct. 1, 2002. Revised 7/2012 BB

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