American Masters

Ernest Hemingway versus Saul Bellow

Clip: 12/12/2022 | 1m | Video has closed captioning.

Ernest Hemingway was the master of the simple, declarative sentence during his time. By contrast, when Saul Bellow came along, he wrote descriptive sentences full of verbal energy. "This was a great shift in the American notion of what a great prose style was," said Philip Roth.

Airing: 12/12/22

Rating: NR

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