Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Explains the creation of the various Nick Adams stories as representative of Hemingway's "great art form"-the short fiction-and notable for their central character, "who mirrors much of the author's early life and experiences." Focuses on "Indian Camp" and "The Battler," via comprehensive close readings meant to illustrate the ways they each portray Nick, as a boy and a young man, in the act of learning essential lessons about life and death. Includes a section of "theoretical perspectives," or critical commentary, on various aspects of Hemingway's craft and themes in these and other Nick Adams stories, followed by a bibliography and suggestions for further reading.
Handbook of the American Short Story