Monday, June 1, 2009

Ernest Hemingway

The legend is that some friends bet Hemingway that he couldn't write an entire short story in six words (some versions say that the challenge was for ten words or fewer). As the story goes, he came up with this six-word short story, considered the shortest complete short story ever: "For sale: Baby shoes. Never used." --Cliffs Notes, In which Hemingway short story is the saying, 'Children's shoes for sale'?

Recommended reading:
by Ernest Hemingway at Reading Rat

Criticism (articles, essays, reviews):

Robert Jordan is the hero of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, an American fighting Franco’s Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. And despite his radical roots, he’s a literary sensation during this election season. Senator Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Hemingway’s novel, published in 1940, is one of the three books that most inspired him. As for Senator John McCain, few men, real or fictional, have influenced him as much as Jordan. --David Margolick, Papa’s Gift to the Fire-in-the-Belly Crowd, The New York Times, November 1, 2008

Hemingway unbound, by James W. Tuttleton, on Hemingway: A Life without Consequences by James R. Mellow, The New Criterion, December 1992

Return of Ernest Hemingway, by Edmund Wilson, The New Republic, October 28, 1940, review of For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway


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