Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Killers” is a prime example of Hemingway’s writing style. This suspenseful, modernist story is mostly made up of fast-paced dialogue and action that appear surface-level but is concerned with fear, death, and heroism. “The Killers” falls neatly into Hemingway’s canon as it features Nick Adams, a character who appears in many of Hemingway’s stories. A popular work, it appeared in several collections after its original 1927 debut in Scribner’s Magazine, including in the 1972 collection The Nick Adams Stories. It has also received several adaptations in both film and animation.


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