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An early review of Ernest Hemingway’s “In Our Time”

via Ernest Hemingway’s “In Our Time” | The New Yorker

This review was published in 1927, after Hemingway’s great literary success “The Sun Also Rises.”  There are a few things I love about reviews that are more contemporary to great classics.  The first is the quality of writing of the review itself.  Often the review is written by a now familiar author, and the review is a fabulous peek at that author’s style and growth as a writer.  If the reviewer is not a hence famous author, the writing style is still instructive in the quality of publication meant for common consumption.  The second reason I love early reviews of classics is it often reveals the spirit of the day that the work was written, and provides subtle historical perspectives that current analysis might miss.  And finally, I love to see how ideas grow over time, revealing the ways that people shape literature as much as literature shapes people.

Outside of one’s own curiosity, this early review might serve as a great side lesson in comparative literature, literary analysis, journalistic writing, or to bolster a unit on Hemingway, short stories, or even obscure writings of famous authors.

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