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THIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AND VIGNETTES MARKED ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S AMERICAN DEBUT AND MADE HIM FAMOUS
When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein among the most promising American writers of that period. In Our Time contains several early ...

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Overview

THIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AND VIGNETTES MARKED ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S AMERICAN DEBUT AND MADE HIM FAMOUS
When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein among the most promising American writers of that period. In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories "Indian Camp," "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The Three Day Blow," and "The Battler," and introduces readers to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose — enlivened by an car for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of heart.
Now recognized as one of the most original short story collections in twentieth-century literature, In Our Time provides a key to Hemingway's later works.

First published in 1925, this collection of 32 short stories and vignettes marked Hemingway's American publishing debut. In Our Time not only provides a key to Hemingway's later works, but remains one of the most original short story collections in 20th-century literature. Includes the famous Nick Adams stories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684822761
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 1/31/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 50,642
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Biography

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. Before the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

Hemingway -- himself a great sportsman -- liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.

© The Nobel Foundation 1954.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ernest Miller Hemingway (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 21, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oak Park, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1961
    2. Place of Death:
      Ketchum, Idaho

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    In Our Time: By Ernest Hemingway

    I have to admit that before reading this novel I was a Hemingway virgin. I hadn't taken the time to actually open one of his books, I didn't know anything about the writer, and I certainly wasn't interested in picking one of his novels up for a read. After reading this though I have completely changed my mind in the other direction. This book is fantastic in almost every way, and I had a lot of fun reading it. Probably the best aspect of this book is Hemingway's unique writing style. He doesn't write big, long, and complicated sentences. He keeps everything short, easy to understand and to the point, which makes his writing accessible to a lot of people. It is also apparent that Ernest Hemingway is a man's writer. In his novel he wrote about fishing, baseball, hunting, The Great War, women, and just everyday guy talk that screams excitement and a sense of masculinity. The characters are also great; relatable, and often times funny, witty, and poignant. If you love reading novels that don't get too complicated and drawn out, that make men feel like men and contains great dialogue and characters then this is the book for you.
    George M. Counts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

    In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway is a novel that can be read in one sitting, but takes a few coffee sessions to discuss. Hemingway is pretty cryptic with his writing so it takes some effort on the reader's part to 'translate' just one story into the larger concept being explored. The book itself contains several short stories that seem completely independent of each other, but are actually so intertwined with each other that it becomes a task to sort it all out. This makes the book somewhat confusing to read because one begins to question characters, plot, and time and place itself. However, this book has several intriguing ideas that take some time to contemplate and should not be taken lightly or shied away from. I would recommend this book to people who like to try reading different writing styles and those who enjoy thought provoking discussion as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    In Our Time

    If people read to think and discussed what they thought, Hemingway is a great writer to study. The stories are short, tough works of prose. A reader gets so much out of so little. Definitely a book worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Simple, yet complex

    Hemingway writes in a simple manner about very complex emotions and situations. This book can be read quickly, but could be pondered over for a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Great Things Are Already Here

    While discussing Hemingway's short stories from In Our Time, many teachers and critics point out the oringinal appearnaces of many literary techniques and styles that would become common in many of Heminway's later works. They point out how one can see the development in Hemingway as a writer from his beginning in short stories to his later novels, that while the stories themselves have some merit, they are more usefully read as comparative tools for more intense novel-grounded reading. Yet this reader found In Our Time to be one of Heminway's finest works, comprable to The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, filled with emotional anecdotes that have yet to be equaled by another American writer.

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