Big Two-Hearted River
Ernest Hemingway’s landmark 1925 short story of a veteran’s solo fishing trip in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, now published for the first time ever as a stand-alone work, illustrated with specially commissioned original artwork by master engraver Chris Wormell and featuring a foreword by John N. Maclean.
A century since its publication in the collection In Our Time, “Big Two-Hearted River” has helped shape language and literature in America and across the globe, and its magnetic pull continues to draw readers, writers, and critics. It’s the best early example of Ernest Hemingway’s now-familiar writing style: short sentences, punchy nouns and verbs, few adjectives and adverbs, and a seductive cadence. Easy to imitate, difficult to match. The subject matter of the story has inspired generations of writers to believe that fly fishing can be literature. More than any of his stories, it depends on his “iceberg theory” of literature, the notion that leaving essential parts of a story unsaid, the underwater portion of the iceberg, adds to its power. Taken in context with his other work, it marks Hemingway’s passage from boyish writer to accomplished author: nothing big came before it, novels and stories poured out after it.
Featuring a foreword by John N. Maclean, author of Home Waters, and gorgeously illustrated, this newly released classic is an essential addition to the Hemingway canon.