Ernest Hemingway The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

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In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the Ernest Hemingway The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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What experts liked

What's most worthy in this hefty, three-part volume of still more Hemingway is that it contains (in its first section) all the stories that appeared together in the 1938 (and now out of print) The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.
- Kirkus Reviews
October 7, 2011 | Full review
I'm a huge fan of all of Hemingway's works, but this one takes the top. The stories in here are so moving, so real, vividly portraying all kinds of manifestations of human nature.
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What experts didn't like

However, the pieces themselves and the grounds for their inclusion become more shaky. The second section includes stories that have been previously published but that haven't appeared in collections--including two segments (from 1934 and 1936) that later found their way into To Have and Have Not (1937) and the "story-within-a-story" that appeared in the recent The garden of Eden. Part three--frequently of more interest for Flemingway-voyeurs than for its self-evident merits--consists of previously unpublished work, including a lengthy outtake ("The Strange Country") from Islands in the Stream (1970), and two poor-to-middling Michigan stories (actually pieces, again, from an unfinished novel). Moments of interest, but luckiest are those who still have their copies of The First Forty-Nine.
- Kirkus Reviews
October 7, 2011 | Full review
I feel that Hemmingway has a very interesting style of writing, yet it's the message underlying his style of writing that bothers me deeply. I feel Hemmingway had such a bleak, fatalistic perspective about live hard, play hard, and die hard and as quickly as possible. There is no sense of hope or self-preservation in his writing.
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