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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The (Urban) Legend of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story

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This sentence, attributed to Hemingway, is a favorite example of writing teachers, a display of the power of literary compression in which “the reader must cooperate in the construction of the larger narrative that is obliquely limned by these words.”

In fact, versions of the six-word story appeared long before Hemingway even began to write, at least as early as 1906.

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