Books: A Moveable Fast

THE NICK ADAMS STORIES

by ERNEST HEMINGWAY 268 pages. Scribners. $7.95.

One of the things that Ernest Hemingway taught a generation of imitators was that the way to write good stories is to leave things out. Not just the bad bits, but good ones, so that what remains bears an extraordinary tension. His leaving out extended to entire manuscripts, and when he shot himself in 1961, leaving out the remainder of his life, his trunk was full of finished work which he had not allowed to be published. Since then his literary executors have been busy putting things back in. However reverent their...

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