The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

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The fourth in the series of new annotated editions of Ernest Hemingway's work, edited by the author's grandson Seán and introduced by his son Patrick, this collection includes the best of the well-known classics as well as unpublished stories, early drafts, and notes that provide fascinating insight into the writing process of one of America's greatest storytellers.

Ernest Hemingway is a cultural icon--an archetype of rugged masculinity, a romantic ideal of the intellectual in perpetual exile--but, to his countless readers, Hemingway remains a literary force much greater than his image. Of all of Hemingway's canonical fictions, perhaps none demonstrate so forcefully the power of the author's revolutionary style as his short stories. In classics like "Hills like White Elephants," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," Hemingway shows us great literature compressed to its most potent essentials. We also see, in Hemingway's short fiction, the tales that created the legend: these are stories of men and women in love and in war and on the hunt, stories of a lost generation born into a fractured time.

This Collector's Edition of The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway presents many of Hemingway's most famous classics alongside rare and unpublished material: Hemingway's early drafts and correspondence, his dazzling out-of-print essay on the art of the short story, and two marvelous examples of his earliest work--his first published story, "The Judgment of Manitou," which Hemingway wrote when still a high school student, and a never-before-published story, written when the author was recovering from a war injury in Milan after WWI. Edited by Ernest Hemingway's grandson, Seán Hemingway, with an introduction by the author's only surviving son, Patrick Hemingway, this Library Edition offers vital insight into the artistic development of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. It is a perfect introduction for a new generation of Hemingway readers, and it is a vital edition in the collection of any true Hemingway fan.


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Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Cicero (now Oak Park), Illinois. He is considered one of the greatest American novelist of the 20th century and won both the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea in 1953 and the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.  For every story and tale he created, there are an equal number of myths and legends surrounding the man himself. The World War I… (more)

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Mar 04, 2020

During the course of his writing career, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) had been the recipient of both a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize (1953/1954) for his contribution to the genre of literature. And, with that in mind - It is no question that his work is widely considered to be a significant influence on 20th century fiction in America.

This compilation of 28 short stories offers the reader a pretty good sample of Hemingway's overall output in the realm of mid-20th century fiction.

Feb 24, 2019

I have never been a Hemingway fan. Although I have read his major novels, my favorite is "The Old Man and the Sea" which is really a "long short story". A friend encouraged me to give Ernest another chance by reading his short stories. My favorites in this collection were The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The latter is kind of cheating since I have seen the film and knew the premise. Several stories reached my level of OK. I enjoyed the stories most which left me with unanswered questions. I liked Hemingway's appreciation of nature. I don't think I will ever be a fan, because of the misogyny and "macho" over valuation. I was going to excuse him for this because of the decades in which he wrote, but other amazing authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sherwood Anderson were contemporaries whose works did not glorify only the "manly". I am glad I read the stories but I had difficulty "bonding" with the characters. A book or short story do not reach my definition of "great" for me if I do not care what happens to the protagonist. I am probably a philistine, but Hemingway is not my cup of tea. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jul 29, 2018

This is a great collection of short stories. Many of the works are rare and there is a nice display of the chronology and scope of Hemingway's work which includes his rough, early drafts and the polished finished work. This is both a great book for its entertainment value, but also a good resource for those who want to learn about the creative process. Every story no matter what length displays the magic of the greatest writer of the last century.


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