Monday, March 22, 2010

Now I Lay Me

Now I Lay Me is the last story in Ernest Hemingway’s collection, Men Without Women. The collection is one of Hemingway’s earliest works and his second book of short stories. Hemingway was one of the most influential writers in American literature; some even see him as the ultimate American writer. Hemingway was not one for long, flowery passages describing a summer day or a cottage on a hill. He used quick exchanges and short sentences. Now I Lay Me is a great example of his ability to create forward momentum. Hemingway also wrote what he knew; this story deals with a shell shocked soldier from the Great War (aka World War I, when he published this story in 1925, there was no World War II.) Many have said that Hemingway wrote a fictionalized version of his own life, a “what if” idea. If you know anything about Hemingway’s experiences as a soldier and as someone who was involved in more that one war, you can see that reflected in his work. This story and the entire collection is a must for any Hemingway enthusiast or even a beginner wanting to ease into his work.


  1. Very interesting! I'm reading a Hemingway bio at the moment and plan to read A Moveable Feast next month, but don't think I've read any of his stories.

  2. I have mixed feelings for Hemingway. I've never liked Old Man and the Sea, despite multiple attempts but I thought his six word story (For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.) was sheer genius. Now I Lay Me sounds good.