The story was first published in 1924 in Ford Madox Ford’s literary magazine Transatlantic Review in Paris. Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical character Nick Adams makes his first appearance in Indian Camp, told from his point of view. It shows the emergence of Heming Way’s understated style and his use of counterpoint.
About Indian Camp in brief
“Indian Camp” is a short story written by Ernest Hemingway. The story was first published in 1924 in Ford Madox Ford’s literary magazine Transatlantic Review in Paris. In the story Nick Adams’ father, a country doctor, has been summoned to a Native American or “Indian” camp to deliver a baby. At the camp, the father is forced to perform an emergency caesarean section using a jack-knife, with Nick as his assistant. Afterward, the woman’s husband is discovered dead, having slit his throat during the operation. Hemingways semi-autobiographical character Nick Adams makes his first appearance in Indian Camp, told from his point of view. It shows the emergence of Heming Way’s understated style and his use of counterpoint. An initiation story, “Indian Camp” includes themes such as childbirth and fear of death which permeate much of Hemedway’s subsequent work. It began as a 29-page untitled manuscript that Heming way cut to seven pages; at first he called the story “One Night Last Summer” The story later was included in HemingWay’s collection The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories published in 1938. A year later on October 5, 1925, the story was republished by Boni & Liveright in New York, in an expanded American edition of In Our Time, with a print-run of 13-35 copies of 13 copies of the story in print.
It was later included in the collection “The Fifth Column” published in October 9, 1938, along with a piece from James Joyce’s “The Wake” and a collection of short stories by Gertrude Stein and John Dos Passos. The book was published by Simon & Schuster, who also published the story as a chapbook, “In Our Time: A Collection of Short Stories” (1938-1939). The book also included a short novel, “The Second Half of the Fifth Column,” which was published in 1939. It is the first of Hemerway’s two novels to be published in English, the other being “The Sun Also Rises” (1950). The novel was written in English and French and published by Macmillan, which also published it in French and in English. The first two volumes of the collection were published in Paris in 1924 and 1925, and later in the U.S. and New York. The third volume of the series was published in New York and London in 1936. It includes stories by Ezra Pound, James Joyce, GertRude Stein, as well as Heming WAYe, and HemingWAY’s wife Hadley. The novel is about a woman who gives birth to a baby at an Indian camp. The woman screams throughout the operation, and when Nick’s uncle tries to hold her down, she bites him. Nick asks his father questions about birth and death, and thinks to himself that he will never die, as he watches his father row.