Ernest Hemingway: Men at War

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Ernest Hemingway's Men at War (1942) is an anthology of war stories chosen and introduced by Hemingway, based on an idea suggested by William Kozlenko. According to a prefatory note, Kozlenko not only submitted a preliminary plan for the book but suggested the inclusion of several of the stories it contains. By March of 1942 the USA was finally involved in World War II, and the anthology was seen as an inspirational book. As Hemingway wrote in his introduction, the book could not tell young men how to die, but it could tell them how previous generations had fought and died.

Hemingway's introduction to the anthology serves two purposes: it justifies the US entry into World War II, and it offers some insight into the …

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Citation:
Fleming, Robert E.. "Men at War". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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