Table of Contents:
  • "Circle-sailing" : the eternal return of tabooed grief in Melville's Moby-Dick
  • "My first lie, and how I got out of it" : deprivation-grief and the making of an American humorist
  • "Blessed are they that mourn, for they-- they--" : repressed grief and pathological mourning in Mark Twain's fiction
  • Huckleberry Finn's anti-Oedipus complex : father-loss and mother-hunger in the great American novel
  • The shaping of Hemingway's art of repressed grief : mother-loss and father-hunger from In our time to Winner take nothing
  • "Ether in the brain" : blunting the edges of perception in Hemingway's middle period
  • Grief hoarders and "beat-up old bastards" : Hemingway's bittersweet taste of nostalgia.