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The Short Stories: The First Forty-nine Stories with a Brief Preface by the Author Paperback – August 1, 1995
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“Illuminating . . . to read it is to be shocked again by the fecundity of his genius. Writing one story that takes root in literary history is remarkable, but here is classic after classic.” (Ron Charles, The Washington Post)
"Essential for students of modern literature, offering insight into the mind and methods of one of the greatest practitioners of the story form. Essential for students of modern literature, offering insight into the mind and methods of one of the greatest practitioners of the story form." (Kirkus)
“Illuminating. . . it is undeniably fascinating to see how Hemingway swapped one word for another, or sliced and diced sentences.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“An essential book for consumers and aesthetes.” (Idaho Statesman) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From the Back Cover
The Short Stories, originally published in 1938, is definitive. Among these forty-nine short stories are Hemingway's earliest efforts, written when he was a young foreign correspondent in Paris, and such masterpieces as 'Hills Like White Elephants, ' 'The Killers, ' 'The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber, ' and 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro.' --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
It is a little bulky and the pages are thin - but that is to be expected for a complete works - I did decide to leave it at home for our trip though. This book isn’t something you will sit down and read straight through unless you are a major Hemingway fan. I suspect one might get bored if they try since Hemingway tends to stick to the same themes over and over again. However, it will be great to pick up and read a few stories every now and again.
I got this book used, and it was in the condition described - I’m completely satisfied with my purchase and am glad to have this one on my shelf!
Hemingway’s short stories are some of my favorite works of literature. I’ve always enjoyed his novels. But my favorite Hemingway works are the short stories. “A Clean And Well Lit Place” “My Old Man” The Nick Adams stories “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macombre” they sum up Hemingway for me. So I enjoyed this book over the summer, taking it with me on my vacation to Italy, France and Spain. The classics are all here, and then there are less familiar stories, some previously unpublished, some unfinished. I found it interesting that the last story in the book “The Strange Country” brings you back to the beginning of Hemingway’s career. In this story, Hemingway revisits the lost manuscripts and the devastation he felt when he found they were all missing. I keep hoping they show up at a Paris flea market.
It's a thick book. Some reviewers complain of the small print, and the paper. I don’t really know how they could have done it differently. I enjoy the paper it is printed on, the tactile comfort of it. The print is small. There isn’t really any other way you are going to get all the material in a single volume. I suppose one could order the kindle version and expand the print to their desirability, or buy a magnifying glass.
Something else--Buyer Beware! I bought this book thinking that it would be an update of the so-called Finca Vigia collection of Hem's stories. But it is NOT a complete collection. In fact, I would say that the title is misleading. Deliberately misleading?
The book should be titled "The SELECTED Short Stories...." It does not include the full text of In Our Time, for example--so that none of the inter-chapters from that important book (1925) can be found here. Such great stories as "The End of Something" and "The Battler"--these are absent as well. "The End of Something" is not only a terrific story, but from other reading I have done, I know that the manuscript materials are very interesting. It should be in the book.
All of this is troubling indeed. In effect the Hem Estate and the publisher are implying that here in this book are "the short stories" of Hem. But they are not all here. If you want all of the stories, you have to buy the Finca Vigia edition. And that volume itself is flawed--it needs to be redone.
I had read somewhere that much of Hemingway's early works were lost by his wife at that time on a train trip to meet him. She not only lost the original copies but the carbons as well. What a travesty. I would love to have read a complete collection of ALL of his works, but at least we have what came after that loss.