Over a Half-Century Later, Two Rare Ernest Hemingway Short Stories Will Be Made Available to the Public

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Over a Half-Century Later, Two Rare Ernest Hemingway Short Stories Will Be Made Available to the Public

Two Ernest Hemingway stories written in the mid-1950s will finally have their wide release next year.

The director of Hemingway’s literary estate, Michael Katakis, told The Associated Press that “The Monument” and “Indian Country and the White Army” will be featured in a special reissue of the author’s masterpiece, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

These short stories have long been available to historians at the Ernest Hemingway Collection at Boston’s John D. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. However, their forthcoming publication marks the first time that the works will be readily available for public consumption.

“The Monument” and “Indian Country and the White Army” make up two out of the author’s five works left unpublished in his lifetime, which were all written in 1956 and reflective on his time in World War II.

“[The stories are] a little shocking since they deal with irregular troops and combat and with people who actually kill people,” Hemingway reportedly wrote to his publisher Charlie Scribner Jr. at the time. “You can always publish them after I’m dead.”

The new edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls will also include “A Room on the Garden Side,” a third in the set of five 1956 WWII stories, which had been little-known before The Strand Magazine published it over the summer.

One of those WWII works, “Black Ass at the Crossroads,” was released years ago in 1998’s The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. The fifth story in the group, “The Bubble Reputation,” will for now remain unpublished.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Hemingway Library Edition is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2019.

The classic novel made headlines earlier this year: The Spanish Civil War story was a favorite of Sen. John McCain, who died in August, and it became the title of an HBO documentary about the veteran-politician.

Katakis, whose reference text Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from a Life comes out later this week, has overseen several posthumous Hemingway projects. He has worked alongside the author’s son, Patrick Hemingway, on reissues of A Moveable Feast, Green Hills of Africa and other books, along with the controversial publication of True at First Light, which Hemingway had left unfinished when he killed himself in 1961.