Ernest Hemingway: Winner Take Nothing

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Winner Take Nothing (1933) was Ernest Hemingway's third collection of short stories to be published by a US publisher. It appeared four years after his most recent book of fiction, A Farewell to Arms (1929), and a year after his non-fiction bullfighting treatise, Death in the Afternoon (1932). Clearly, when it appeared, the reading public and the reviewers had been waiting for more fiction from a man who was seen as one of the leading writers of his day. While most of the reviews of Winner Take Nothing were favourable, however, nearly all of the reviewers expressed some reservations about the book.

One reason for the mixed reviews was the inclusion of some stories that did not represent the best work …

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Fleming, Robert E.. "Winner Take Nothing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 July 2001
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