The Hemingway Short Story

A Critical Appreciation


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About the Book

Ernest Hemingway revolutionized the American short story, establishing himself as a master of realist fiction in the tradition of Guy de Mauppasant. Yet none of Hemingway’s emulators has succeeded in duplicating his understated, minimalist style. In his Iceberg Theory of fiction, only the tip of the story is seen on the surface—the rest is submerged out of sight.
This study surveys the scope of Hemingway’s mastery of the short story form, enabling a fuller understanding of such works as “Indian Camp,” “Big Two-Hearted River,” “The Killers,” “The Mother of a Queen,” “In Another Country,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” and “The Mercenaries,” among many others. All 13 stories from his underrated Winner Take Nothing collection are evaluated in detail.

About the Author(s)

George Monteiro is a professor emeritus of English and of Portuguese and Brazilian studies at Brown University and the author or editor of books on Henry James, Henry Adams, Robert Frost, Stephen Crane, Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa, and Luis de Camões, among others.

Bibliographic Details

George Monteiro

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6988-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2918-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  viii
Preface  1
Introduction  5
1. Home Delivery  27
2. This House Is Not a Home  36
3. The Jungle Out There  42
4. An Angler’s Art  50
5. Italian Grammar  60
6. The Wages of Love  68
7. The Hit in Summit  72
8. Writer on Vocation  75
9. Winner Take All  81
10. The Mercenary’s Call  138
11. Memory and Experience  148
12. Standing Alone  153
13. The Hemingway Ending  155
Chapter Notes  159
Bibliography  173
Index  179