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Protecting the Hemingway Myth: Casting Out Forbidden Desires from The Garden of Eden

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In the ten years since Scribner's published The Garden of Eden, critics have come to recognize that the book's editor, Tom Jenks, had a heavy hand in its composition — despite his and Charles Scribner Jr.'s comments to the contrary. E. L. Doctorow was among the first to suggest that the publisher's note disclaiming editorial interference in the production of The Garden of Eden is more fictional than the novel itself. Stating that “some cuts” have been made to Hemingway's “manuscript” but nothing added, this note concludes that “in every significant respect the work is all the author's.” Given that the published novel is one-third the length of the longest manuscript, a “cut” of approximately 130,000 words, one would have to agree with Doctorow that the phrase “some cuts” is disingenuous (44).

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