Michael Thurston on Bill Gorton in The Sun Also Rises

One True Podcast

Mar 7 2022 • 56 mins

Join us for a conversation about one of Hemingway's most beloved secondary characters: the hard-drinking, fun-loving, quick-witted writer, fly fisher, and amateur taxidermist, Bill Gorton from The Sun Also Rises.

Michael Thurston, editor of the new Norton Critical Edition of The Sun Also Rises, guides us through Bill's friendship with Jake, explores the historical people who inspired his creation, analyzes Bill's role in the novel, and also pins down some of his more arcane allusions.

This episode is a simple exchange of values: give it a listen and be treated to a lively discussion of a hilarious character in Hemingway's early masterpiece.