Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Ernest Hemingway's Great Short Stories

Chris Power wrote an interesting piece for the British newspaper The Guardian about Ernest Hemingway's great short stories.

Hemingway's earliest published stories are stark formal experiments. In Our Time (1924), a 32-page book of vignettes often just a paragraph long, describes scenes from the first world war (Hemingway served in the Red Cross in Italy), the Greco-Turkish war, criminal life, and the bullring. They rank with Felix Fénéon's elevation of faits-divers to the status of art, but are fired by an even greater intensity through what Edward Said identifies as their "incredible purity of line and severity of vision".
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