Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hemingway's Shortest Story.


I can't actually remember how I found this short story by Ernest Hemingway. I do know that it has forever been cemented in my mind. It's the shortest story Hemingway ever wrote (or at least to the best of my knowledge). For me, I find that the beauty of this story is in it's simplicity and in it's emotion. To be able to say so much, with so little... well it's admirable and it's impressive. The short story is six words in total, as follows:

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Whilst searching for this exact story, the google search results returned a page with a contest based on this short. It was for others to also write a six word story as well. There were some great attempts. My favorite of those is as follows:


- Harry Harrison

Here is a link to the wired web page I found this on. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html

Of course, Hemingway is most well known for The Old Man and The Sea. He lived just shy of 62 years and died in 1961 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway). The following is dedicated to Hemingway's memory:

He passed in 1961, our loss.


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