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Comment: A Wired article online starts with this:

"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ('For
sale: baby shoes, never worn.')"

I have also seen references in print to the same supposed ad but with
"baby carriage, never used." Did anyone ever print this as its author
rather than as someone quoting its author? And who would that author be?

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Ladycrissdean
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All the sites I saw attributed the story to Hemmingway. Usually like this:
quote:
Hemmingway on a bet said that he could write a story in under 10 words. Here's his story: "Classified: Baby Goods. For sale, baby shoes, never worn."
The story is classified as a Flash Story or Flash Fiction which usually has a limited length. In my research I never saw it attributed to any other writer. Which doesn't mean it couldn't be, just that I didn't find anything.

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Hemingway did have quite a few extremely short stories although they were not published individually. I think in the Nick Adams Stories collection is where the one's I'm thinking of would be- stories a page long about war, interspersed with longer stories.

The theme of the extremely short story in the OP is one familiar to Papa too, so it's not unbelievable that he would write that at all.

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This infamous sentence-story has been kicked around for some time, almost always with an attribution to Hemingway and generally included with the "bet" preface.

However, I've not yet found it included in either Scribner's Finca Vigía compilation or Random House's Everyman collection of Hemingway's Complete/Collected Short Stories. As well, the Hemingway Resource Center has no information or citation.

I've not devoted my lit career to Hemingway, so the sentence/story may very well be a fragment included in a letter or some other such posthumous artifact--I know that his earliest years spent in Cuba consisted of only writing letters, one of which may contain the culprit.

I'm still hesitant, though, to move beyond the classification of "attribution." If the sentence were in a letter, one would assume ease in finding its citation in the myriad sites containing this gem. At best, it might be hidden as a sort of anecdotal reference in one of the major Hemingway biographies, few of which I've read recently.

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I remember a joke about a lit test where the student had to write a mystery story that had elements of religion, sex, and royalty. His story was only 10 words:

"My God! The Queen's pregnant. I wonder who's the father?"

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Many authors have written extremely short stories, usually called "Poems".
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Well, writers who don't know the difference between poetry and prose sometimes call their short stories "poems".
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Fredric Brown's "shortest science-fiction story":

The last man on Earth sat in a room. There was a knock on the door...

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The shortest newspaper article (about a film that didn't go so well outside the big cities, might have been a headline to the article):

Hicks nix pix.

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It was a headline, and it read "Sticks nix hick pix."

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Or Stix Hix Nix Pix. Anyway it was in Variety about the film Yankee Doodle Dandy (I've done my homework now).

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Or Stix Nix Hix Pix.

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I thought the movie was about Queen Victoria. Hix Nix Vix Pix
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According to Variety:
Sticks nix hick pix

Gavida

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I thought it was about porn not playing in the country.

Sticks nix dix pix.

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