Last night I was late posting here, and too tired to say much, because the visiting novelist who is presently teaching fiction writing at my school gave a reading I attended. At the dinner before the reading, both Hunter's and Hemingway's names came up! The visiting writer, just like, it seems, the vast majority of male writers, was pretty obsessed with Hemingway as a youth, and still uses him a lot as a model for the writers he teaches--the two undergrads from his class who attended the dinner could attest to reading a lot of Hemingway in his course.
Hemingway will always be famous for the absolute economy and clarity of his style. In grad school I learned that he is credited with curing popular American fictional style of its wordy, overornamental, gaudy Victorian hangover. He was a genius at saying very much by writing very little: his spare, plain style is wonderfully evident in a short story I still teach every year in my composition class. Apparently someone else has been practicing typing Hemingway, because I found it on the internet:
http://web.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~s01154me/hil ... phants.htm
This is just a brilliant piece of writing; I truly believe the short story was Hemingway's metiér. There's so little there, but the so little just takes your breath away. He chooses utterly minimal details, but they tell so much; they're perfectly chosen.
I think Hunter was probably more influenced by Hemingway's persona than by his writing style per se. And I'm not sure that was such a "good influence"--the testosterone-addled, macho posturing, the violence against women, the romantic fascination with suicide. Well, all male writer wannabes embrace Hemingway, and then if they become successful, known, and published, like Hunter, they automatically have something in common with their hero.
But even though I find Hemingway's melodramatic machismo ludicrous, I love his short stories, and love to get the chance to teach them (but I primarily teach British 19th-century literature).
As for the reference to Hunter at the dinner table, we were talking American authors, and the president of the college's wife was reminiscing about a summer course she helped to administrate at another, much larger school, some 25 years ago. This was a course in American journalists, and all the journalists that were studied actually came to the campus to give talks and hold question and answer sessions, and our hostess had sat at the dinner table with Hunter, who was apparently in a very monosyllabic mood on that particular evening, but he invited her to do coke with him in his hotel room afterwards, and she turned him down. But that wasn't the only thing said about Hunter. I was sitting with lit professors and a writer and English majors, and everyone really has respect for Hunter and thinks F&LILV will hold up. But nobody tells young writers to copy Hunter's style to get rid of bad habits!
Oh, and I also agree that even though their styles are very different, both Hunter and Hemingway took bold stands and went against the current grain and opened up new possibilities in writing style. Hemingway's is still worshipped and emulated to this day.