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A new collection showcasing the best of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories including his well-known classics, as featured in the magnificent three-part, six-hour PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick - introduced by award-winning author Tobias Wolff.

Ernest Hemingway, a literary icon and considered one of the greatest American writers of all time, is the subject of a major documentary by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. This intimate portrait of Hemingway - who brilliantly captured the complexities of the human condition in spare and profound prose, and whose work remains deeply influential in literature and culture - interweaves a close study of biographical events with excerpts from his work. Hemingway Stories features Hemingway’s most significant short stories in chronological order, so viewers of the film as well as fans old and new can follow the trajectory of his impressive life and career. 

Hemingway’s beloved classics, such as “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, “Up in Michigan”, “Indian Camp”, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, are accompanied by fresh insights from renowned writers around the world - Mario Vargas Llosa, Edna O’Brien, Abraham Verghese, Tim O’Brien, and Mary Karr. Tobias Wolff's introduction adds a new perspective to Hemingway’s work, and Wolff has selected additional stories that demonstrate Hemingway’s talent and range. The power of the Ernest Hemingway’s revolutionary style is perhaps most striking in his short stories, and here listeners can encounter the tales that created the legend: stories of men and women in love and in war and on the hunt, stories of a lost generation born into a fractured time. This collection is a perfect introduction for a new generation of Hemingway enthusiasts and a vital volume for any fan. 

©1953 Ernest Hemingway (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Masterful Story Telling

Hemingway was a master of the short story. Concise and to the point but lacking nothing in his prose. Good production and well read.

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Hemingway Stories

A great collection of Hemingway stories. And very well narrated. Some of them long, some short.

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Awesome Stories

I really enjoyed both the narrator and the stories my only qualm with this selection was a lack of organization. If instead of entitling each book as Chapter X they used the actual story name it would be easier to seperate which sorry is which because a lot of the stories have similar content. I would still recommend this selection.

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Hemingway performed as it should be

A great selection of Hemingway’s short stories. The production and performance on audio is beautiful.

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It Was a Different Time

I enjoy Hemingway, especially his short stories. Despite solid narration, I struggled to get into this book as I did with In Our Time & Nick Adams stories. And given the time in which they were written, Hemingway occasionally uses racially inappropriate terms. These pejorative words were common in their day & were used in other Hemingway stories. I don’t expect them to be cleaned up for today’s readers or listeners. Still, it was distracting to hear them spoken casually & frequently. I ended up exchanging this title for A Farewell to Arms.

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The Masculine Principle

Hemingway’s writing embodies all things masculine including action, commerce, fighting, fishing, hunting, drinking and knowing. Whilst I appreciated his spare, real, gritty and frank style I found myself longing for some balance and some softening around the edges of his stories and perhaps most importantly, some cause for hope.

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