About The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, the Hemingway Library Edition is a collection of 26 short stories written by the late master, which also includes a foreword by sons Patrick Hemingway and Introduction by Seán Hemingway. Just as important is the section entitled “The Art of the Short Story” by Hemingway himself.
This book is critical for anyone working to hone their skills in the art, and writing short stories is truly an art, and something of a skill that all writers should seek to develop (I will not use the word perfect).
Hemingway said that writing short stories was something that, if you can do, you do it. “You don’t have to explain it. If you can not do it, no explaining will ever help.”
He says that “If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless.”
In his own words, Hemingway said, “The test of any story is how very good the stuff is that you, not your editors, omit.”
A must read for short story writers
If you write short stories, you simply must have this book. There also is a bonus the Hemingway Library has added. The rough drafts of each story marked where “Papa” crossed out language he didn’t use. This is quite beneficial as one studies each story to get a better understanding of his thinking.
There are so many good stories in this book, the ones he is famous for, and of course, the ones that aren’t as well-known, but they are all here for one who is truly the student of Hemingway. “Up in Michigan,” “Fifty Grand,” “The Killers,” “A Canary for One,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” just to name a few.
A treasure among my shelves of books
This book is a treasure in my collection. I will pull from it many times in the future. There is much to learn from in these pages.
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