The title “Open Hemingway” is both a compound noun and the imperative: open editions that want to be read.
The MVP has just launched its first critical editions with the 1923 and 1924 states of Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, released in the nick of time for Papa’s 116th birthday. A third volume is to follow shortly. These are annotated editions intended for classroom use, but the scarcity of the original texts means these editions are the first accessible to many scholars. It is also important to see the development of this portentous book, calling into being as it did a new standard for American literature and a style to be emulated a thousand times over.