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In Byron's ShadowModern Greece in the English and American Imagination$
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David Roessel

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143867.001.0001

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On the Quai at Smyrna

On the Quai at Smyrna

(p.210) 8 On the Quai at Smyrna
In Byron's Shadow

David Roessel

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the dominant status of Hemingway's text for writing in English about events in postwar Asia Minor. It argues that the Smyrna Disaster is the first event in modern Greek history after the Greek War of Independence to gain a secure place in English literature and language thanks to Hemingway; the text that canonized it was Hemingway's “On the Quai at Smyrna”. In English, the phrase the Smyrna Disaster referred not simply to a historical event but also to a style of writing and a particular postwar perspective.

Keywords:   Ernest Hemingway, Asia Minor, the Smyrna Disaster, John Dos Passos, Greco-Turkish War, postwar

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