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The First Forty-Nine Stories (Arrow Classic) [Paperback]

Ernest Hemingway
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5 Jan 1995 Arrow Classic

From Ernest Hemingway's Preface: 'There are many kinds of stories in this book. I hope you will find some that you like- In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining, and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused.'

A collection of Hemingway's first forty-nine short stories, featuring a brief introduction by the author and lesser known as well as familiar tales, including 'Up in Michigan', 'Fifty Grand', and 'The Light of the World', and the Snows of Kilimanjaro, Winner Take Nothing' and Men Without Women collections.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099339218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099339212
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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"Mr Hemingway, applying that quick eye and wrist of his to the rings of the boxer and bull-fighter, achieves some unforgettable reporting of the world in which blood is argument... The author's exceptional gift of narrative quality gives the excitement of a well-told tale to what is, in fact, a simple description of a scene" (Guardian)

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A collection of Hemingway's first forty-nine short stories, featuring a brief introduction by the author and some lesser known as well as many familiar tales, from the Nobel Prize-winning author of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway, The First 49 Stories 6 Jan 2010
By Gail
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The father of modern realism, Hemingway's skill can really be seen in this collection not just of short stories, but also of chapters from books never published and paragraphs standing alone. If you've never read any Hemingway I cannot recommend him enough. He developed a style, that for the reader is closer to experiencing action, than being told a story. For me he is the original 'show not tell' writer. And in addition, his short stories and novels just make a brilliantly, gripping read.
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The collection of stories in this book are an eclectic mix that are inspired from the different places and expriences Hemingway had along his travels. The short stories are a good place to start with Hemingway I think so you can become used to the style before embarking on a novel. Quirky, thought provoking and quite rude in some parts! Good stuff actually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 Jan 2013
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Absolutely nothing wrong with this book - even though I already had quite a few of Hem's short stories it was still worth every penny. A must for every Hemingway fan. Its great to have all stories in one place. It also has a very wise forward by the man himself.
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