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In Our Time

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In Our Time first commercial editionFirst commercial edition, 1925
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First publication
1924, Paris, vignettes appearing in in our time

First complete publication
1925, New York

Literature form
Stories, vignettes


Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 47,500 words

Notable lines

The strange thing was, he said, how they screamed every night at midnight. I do not know why they screamed at that time. We were in the harbor and they were all on the pier and at midnight they started screaming. We used to turn the searchlight on them to quiet them. That always did the trick. We'd run the searchlight up and down over them two or three times and they stopped it.

— First lines, "On the Quai at Smyrna"

He had been in love with various girls before he kissed Mrs. Elliott and always told them sooner or later that he had led a clean life. Nearly all the girls lost interest in him.

— "Mr. and Mrs. Elliot"

In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.

— Last line, "Indian Camp"

The major did not marry her in the spring, or any other time. Luz never got an answer to the letter to Chicago about it. A short time later he contracted gonorrhea from a sales girl in a loop department store while riding in a taxicab through Lincoln Park.

— Last lines, "A Very short Story"

There were plenty of days coming when he could fish the swamp.

— Last line, "Big Two-Hearted River, Part II".


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