The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories

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The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories
Author Ernest Hemingway
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher Charles Scribner's Sons
Publication date
Media type Book
Preceded by To Have and Have Not
Followed by For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories is an anthology of writings by Ernest Hemingway published by Scribner's on October 14, 1938.[1] It contains Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column, and 49 short stories.

Many of the stories included in the collection appear in other collections, including In Our Time, Men Without Women, Winner Take Nothing and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Some of the collection's important stories are rather short. It also includes some longer stories, among them "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".[2][3]


The Fifth Column is set during the Spanish Civil War. Its main character, Philip Rawlings, is an American-born secret agent for the Second Spanish Republic. The play was poorly received upon publication and has been overshadowed by many of the short stories in the anthology.[4]

Among the short stories, the book includes Hemingway's previous volumes In Our Time, Men Without Women and Winner Take Nothing. Furthermore, Hemingway added his latest published works "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "The Capital of the World" and "Old Man at the Bridge" as well as his very first writing, "Up in Michigan".[5]


  1. ^ Oliver, p. 327
  2. ^ Mellow 1992, p. 472
  3. ^ Mellow 1992, p. 514
  4. ^ The Fifth Column and Forty-Nine Stories. The Literary Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d "Up in Michigan", "Out of Season" and "My Old Man" had already appeared in Hemingway's privately published debut collection "Three Stories and Ten Poems". While "Up in Michigan" had not been reprinted, the latter two were included in In Our Time and were therefore listed at nrs. 17&19.