"AFTER ALL, HE SAID TO HIMSELF, IT IS PROBABLY ONLY INSOMNIA. MANY MUST HAVE IT": HEMINGWAY'S WINNER TAKE NOTHING, 1933
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. Octavo, original black cloth, gold paper labels, original dust jacket. $4800.
First edition of arguably Hemingway's finest collection of short stories, in unrestored original dust jacket.
This distinguished collection of 14 Hemingway stories—six of which make their first appearance here (although the dust jacket claims 9)—includes "A Natural History of the Dead" and "After the Storm"—"more imaginative than anything Hemingway has hitherto written" (New York Times). Of particular importance is "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," the brilliant short story that secured Hemingway's reputation as "the modern American master of the [form]… [The] epigraph to Winner Take Nothing… is perhaps the finest and most accurate brief description of Hemingway's heroes, of what he set out to do in his best work and what in the main he accomplished" (McCormick, 55-6). Hanneman A12a. Grissom A.12.1.a. Bruccoli & Clark I:179.
Book fine; unrestored original dust jacket with short splits along flap folds and mildly toned spines, exceptionally good. A lovely copy.