The Nick Adams Stories
The Nick Adams Stories is a volume of short stories written by Ernest Hemingway published in 1972, a decade after the author's death. In the volume, all the stories featuring Nick Adams, published in various collections during Hemingway's lifetime, are compiled in a single collection. The Nick Adams Stories includes 24 stories and sketches, eight of which were previously unpublished. Some of Hemingway's earliest work, such as "Indian Camp," as well as some of his best known stories, such as "Big Two-Hearted River," are represented.
This volume is divided into five sections:
The Northern Woods
- "Three Shots"
- "Indian Camp"
- "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife"
- "Ten Indians"
- "The Indians Moved Away"
On His Own
- "The Light of the World"
- "The Battler"
- "The Killers"
- "The Last Good Country"
- "Crossing the Mississippi"
- "Night Before Landing"
- "'Nick sat against the wall ...'"
- "Now I Lay Me"
- "A Way You'll Never Be"
- "In Another Country"
A Soldier Home
Company of Two
Background and publication history
Like his other posthumous work, The Nick Adams Stories may have been reworked and edited in a manner he never intended. One reviewer for The New York Times had this to write about one of the stories "Three Shots", a section Hemingway originally cut from "Indian Camp" – one of his early stories first published in 1925 volume In Our Time:
Alone, "Three Shots" stands as a vignette of a boy's fear, accorded sympathy by his father and impatience by his uncle. As part of the stark and spare "Indian Camp," however, it was clearly excess baggage and, knowing that it was cut out, one can only read it with admiration for the nascent and ruthlessly true artistic impulse that caused its excision.
Contrary to the above are those who welcome publication of additions of Nick Adams material that fills in chronological gaps of the autobiographical character's experience, and thus shows much of Hemingway's own life that remained unpublished.
- Baker, Carlos (1972). Hemingway: The Writer as Artist (4th ed.). Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-01305-5.
- Burwell, Rose Marie (1996). Hemingway: the postwar years and the posthumous novels. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-48199-6. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Hannum, Howard (2001). "'Scared sick looking at it': A Reading of Nick Adams in the Published Stories". Twentieth Century Literature. 47 (1): 92–113. doi:10.2307/827858. JSTOR 827858.
- Meyers, Jeffrey (1985). Hemingway: A Biography. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-42126-4.
- Mellow, James R. (1992). Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences. New York: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-37777-3.
- Oliver, Charles M. (1999). Ernest Hemingway A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work. New York: Checkmark. ISBN 0-8160-3467-2.