Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time

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In Our Time (1925) was Ernest Hemingway's first book published in the USA. In Paris he had previously published a much shorter book, in our time, (1924), in a tiny edition of just 170 copies. The earlier book collected eighteen numbered “chapters,” very short sketches, only a few of which exceeded a single page. The little book consisted of just 32 pages, including front matter. Each chapter evoked the emotions of characters under stress, using subjects from World War I, Spanish bullfights, and Hemingway's experience as a reporter and correspondent in Kansas City, Missouri, and in the Greco-Turkish war.

When Hemingway published his first US edition, he included the sketches from in our time, alternating t…

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Fleming, Robert E.. "In Our Time". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2001
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]