Monday, August 20, 2012

Ernest Hemingway says...

'For sale, baby shoes, never worn.'

-Ernest Hemingway (his response to a challenge/bar bet to write a complete story with six words, exact year unknown)

Note: The true origin of Hemingway's six word story is still (and probably forever) unknown. There are variations on the origin, and also variations on the story itself. Some say he was bet that he couldn't write a story under 10 words, and some say the story is: 'Classified: Baby goods, for sale, baby shoes, never worn.' Another variation is minor, with a colon: 'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.' I chose the quote above because it seems to be the most popular version of the story. The whole Hemingway Challenge is widely considered an urban legend, but the fact that such a short story fits Hemingway's usual style so well, it's easy to believe. A favourite high school teacher of mine once told me that my work reminded him of Ernest Hemingway. I took that as a compliment.

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