Review by Choice Review
Two virtues make this collection a welcome addition to a Hemingway bookshelf: 70 stories and reset texts. But dubious editorial practices flaw the three-part volume. There is no quarrel with Part 1, the 49 stories first gathered in 1938. Quarrel begins with inclusions and omissions in Part 2, consisting of 14 ``Short Stories Published in Books or Magazines Subsequent to `The First Forty-nine.''' To include two sections from Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not (1937) is questionable enough, but worsened by the pre-1938 date of those stories' publication in Cosmopolitan (1934, 1936). Other inclusions are fine: five Spanish Civil War stories (1938-39), two fables (1951), two Atlantic stories (1957), two from The Nick Adams Stories (CH, Sep '72), and ``An African Story,'' plucked from The Garden of Eden (CH, Sep '86). But another dozen stories-juvenilia and ``Chicago-period'' material-have appeared. And no statement of editorial principle explains their omission. Of the seven stories in Part 3, ``Previously Unpublished Fiction,'' the two best-from the unfinished, mid-1920s novel Jimmy Breen-need Hemingway's iceberg treatment. The others include two mediocre, slightly fictionalized war experiences, a pair of miniatures that scarcely veil Hemingway's vindictiveness against son Gregory, and a follow-up segment cut from the ``Bimini'' section of Islands in the Stream (CH, Apr '71). Despite frequent typos, an egregious error gets corrected: a nickname, ``Stut,'' replaces a slur, ``slut,'' in ``The Summer People.'' But Scribner's continues to print the foul copy of ``Macomber'' and the altered text of ``A Clean Well-Lighted Place.''-G. Brenner, University of Montana
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
The subtitle of this monumental collection refers to the home (Lookout Farm) that Hemingway owned in Cuba from 1939 to 1959. That time frame accounts for most of the short fiction, published and unpublished, that followed the major collection issued in 1938, The First Forty-Nine. There are 60 stories in all. Of the 21 not included in the 1938 collection, the seven heretofore unpublished pieces will interest readers most. Three are especially good. ``A Train Trip'' and ``The Porter'' are self-contained excerpts from an abandoned novel that match in tone and appeal the early Hemingway work in which he explored the adolescent sensibility exposed to an adult world that is exciting but at the same time threatening and morally complex. Drawing from the author's experiences in Europe during World War II, ``Black Ass at the Crossroads'' is excellent in its detailing of violent action, portraying an ambush of German soldiers from the point of view of an American infantry officer, depressed and angry over the suffering he has inflicted in the course of battle. The other previously unpublished pieces include a Spanish Civil War story reminiscent of Hemingway's play, The Fifth Column; two quite touching stories about a father's disappointments with a troubled son; and a long section comprising four chapters from an early version of the novel, Islands in the Stream. Intrinsically readable, the collection is also significant in drawing together much that was unavailable or difficult to access. (December 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
A thoughtfully arranged, comprehensive edition of Hemingway's short fiction justifies publication. This is not it. At best, it offers convenience rather than creativity or even completeness: it omits five stories published two years ago. It reprints the ``the first 49'' stories (1938), adds 14 subsequently published, and appends seven hitherto unpublished. What is lacking is a fresh reordering of the storiesthematic, chronological, or stylistic. Further, three of the unpublished pieces are not stories but excerpts from novels. None of the new material is artistically significant. Yet each bears the hallmark of Hemingway's geniuswhich will survive even this. Arthur Waldhorn, City Coll., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
What's most worthy in this hefty, three-part volume of still more Hemingway is that it contains (in its first section) all the stories that appeared together in the 1938 (and now out of print) The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories. After this, however, the pieces themselves and the grounds for their inclusion become more shaky. The second section includes stories that have been previously published but that haven't appeared in collections--including two segments (from 1934 and 1936) that later found their way into To Have and Have Not (1937) and the ""story-within-a-story"" that appeared in the recent The garden of Eden. Part three--frequently of more interest for Flemingway-voyeurs than for its self-evident merits--consists of previously unpublished work, including a lengthy outtake (""The Strange Country"") from Islands in the Stream (1970), and two poor-to-middling Michigan stories (actually pieces, again, from an unfinished novel). Moments of interest, but luckiest are those who still have their copies of The First Forty-Nine. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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