CliffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories

CliffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories

CliffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories

CliffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories


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C liffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories covers the best of Ernest Hemingway's short-story output. The first writer to define a distinctly American literature, Hemingway wrote himself into most of his fiction. A man's man, Hemingway writes of adventures in Africa and the World Wars, as well as grand hunting and fishing expeditions. Both critically successful and popular, "Papa" Hemingway paints an American landscape with words, creating masterpieces of style and voice for his readers.

With CliffsNotes on Hemingway's Short Stories, you get summaries, commentary, critical essays, character studies, and study help on the following 12 stories:

  • Indian Camp
  • The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife
  • The End of Something
  • The Three-Day Blow
  • The Killers
  • A Way You'll Never Be
  • In Another Country
  • Big Two-HeartedRiver- Parts I & II
  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
  • Hills Like White Elephants
  • A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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Ernest Hemingway’s colorful life as a war correspondent, big game hunter, angler, writer, and world celebrity, as well as winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature, began in quiet Oak Park, Illinois, on July 21, 1899. When Ernest, the first son and second child born to Dr. Ed and Grace Hemingway, was only seven weeks old, his general practitioner father took the family for a quick weekend trip to the Michigan north woods, where Dr. Hemingway was having land cleared by several Ottawa Indians for Windemere, a summer cabin that he built on Walloon Lake. Ernest would return to this area year after year, as a child and later as an adolescent—hunting, fishing, camping, vegetable gardening, adventuring, and making plans for each new, successive summer.

Ernest’s mother, a devout, religious woman with considerable musical talent, hoped that her son would develop an interest in music; she herself had once hoped for an operatic career, but during her first recital at Carnegie Hall, the lights were so intense for her defective eyes that she gave up performing. Ernest attempted playing the cello in high school, but from the beginning, it was clear that he was no musician. Instead, he deeply shared his father’s fierce enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Ernest began fishing when he was three years old, and his fourth birthday present was an all-day fishing trip with his father. For his twelfth birthday, his grandfather gave him a single-barrel 20-gauge shotgun. His deep love of hunting and fishing in the north Michigan woods during his childhood and adolescence formed lasting impressions that would be ingredients for his short stories centering around Nick Adams, Hemingway’s young fictional persona.

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