Books: Dramatist of Violence

THE FIFTH COLUMN AND THE FIRST FORTY-NINE STORIES—Ernest Hemingway —Scribner ($2.75).

More than any other writer of his rank, Ernest Hemingway tells his stories by means of pungent, unexpected, abbreviated dialogue. Characters are revealed in sharp, blind, tormented speeches which break through commonplace talk. In some of Hemingway's stories, notably Fifty Grand and The Killers, so much of the narrative is implicit in the dialogue that they read almost like acting versions. For these reasons many a reader has wondered how Hemingway would be as a playwright.

In The Fifth Column they can get a...

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