In this volume, which contains seventy separate pieces of fiction, Hemingway addresses a broad spectrum of social concerns and themes. Excluded from this discussion are the first forty-nine stories in this volume, which have been in print since 1938 and have generated a vast amount of critical commentary. These are the stories on which Hemingway's reputation as a master of the short story rests. There are two other categories of "story" included in the collection. Part two is subtitled "Short Stories Published in Books or Magazines Subsequent to The First Forty-nine,'" including fourteen pieces; the third part is headed "Previously Unpublished Fiction/' and includes seven new pieces, ostensibly "short stories."
Of the fourteen pieces in the second section, three are segments from novels ("One Trip Across," and "The Tradesman's Return" from To Have and Have Not and "An African Story" from The Garden of Eden); two are not, properly speaking, short stories but fables — "The Good Lion" and "The Faithful Bull"; one, "Summer People," is a very early story (1924), with a corrupt text (missing page), yet it is still of considerable interest even if Hemingway never intended to publish it; another text of great interest is "The Last Good Country," not a story at all, but a posthumously edited, rewritten, and bowdlerized portion of a novel-in-progress manuscript that Hemingway worked on between 1952 and 1958. Thus only seven of the fourteen purported short...
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