Friday, January 29, 2010

The Shortest Short Story

I ran across this some time ago but have been thinking more about it lately. Ernest Hemingway is credited with writing the shortest short story ever, with just six words to sum it all up. It's an amazing piece, and legend has it that he wrote it simply to win a bar bet. Interestingly, not only is it the shortest short story, it's also the saddest.

For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An additional characteristic of great literature: it forces an interpretation that says something about the reader. You could also argue that babies cannot walk and grow out of their shoes before they can walk. Shoes remain unused if not used for walking.