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All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men's Magazines, and the Masculine Persona

All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men's Magazines, and the Masculine Persona - David M. Earle All Man! looks at the immensely popular men's magazines of the 1950s, which boasted a particularly aggressive form of masculinity. Papa Hemingway is the natural model for this type of masculinity - a hard drinking, womanizing, quick to fight, veteran (a regular "man's man") - so it's no surprise that he was such a frequent topic of admiration. David M. Earle studies these magazines as artifacts of their time, analyzing them for what they can tell us about the people and culture that created them. This is no easy task when considering the two topics - Hemingway and the 1950s - are so heavily idolized in our culture. I find a lot of these men's magazines hard to stomach, but I appreciated Earle's effort to bring them nuance.