Here is a selection of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories. I will continue to add to this page as I read more.
The stories are arranged in alphabetical order of the first word of the title, excluding “A”, “An”, or “The”.
After the Storm
A fisherman comes across a sunken ship and tries to plunder its riches.
Big Two-Hearted River
Nick Adams is back in Seney after experiencing something that has damaged him psychologically. He finds the outside soothing. He spends time at a river, fishing, and camps out.
Cat in the Rain
An American couple is on vacation in Italy. The wife looks out the window at the rain and sees a cat huddled under a table. She wants to go down and take it in out of the rain.
A Clean Well-Lighted Place
An old man sits alone in a café and drinks, as is his custom. Two waiters talk about the man’s life and wish he would go home.
A Day’s Wait
A young boy has a temperature of a hundred and two. The doctor leaves three different pills and a schedule for taking them. His father attends to him while he stays in bed.
The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife
The doctor hires some local Indian men to cut up a stray log for him. They argue when one of the men says the log is stolen.
Hills Like White Elephants
At a train station, a man and woman have a casual conversation which transitions into something serious. It’s not explicitly stated what they’re talking about.
In Another Country
The narrator, a young man, is getting physical rehabilitation for a leg wound received at the front in WW I. Four other young men are also getting therapy. They hang out together after their sessions at the Café Cova.
Two hit men, Max and Al, enter a diner to get some food and to wait for their target to arrive. They’re looking for a boxer, Ole Andreson, whom their employer has a grudge against.
The Light of the World
Two young men are passing through town. They stop at a bar for a drink and then encounter a motley group at a train station. Two of the women there, prostitutes, argue about a boxer they once knew.
My Old Man
The narrator tells the story of being with his father in Italy and France when he worked as a jockey. His father had an argument with some people after winning a race in Italy. In France he eventually buys his own horse to train and ride.
Old Man at the Bridge
During the Spanish Civil War, an old man sits on the roadside, exhausted and discouraged. Everyone is fleeing from the advancing Fascist army.
One Reader Writes
A woman writes to an advice columnist about her husband. He returned from his military service with some kind of malady and she isn’t sure what to do.
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
The Macomber’s are an American couple on an African safari. They have a guide, Wilson, a professional hunter, who will lead their outing. It is revealed that Francis had panicked in an earlier hunt when a wounded lion charged at him.
Krebs comes home after the First World War and keeps to himself. His mother wants him to do something with his life and meet people.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
On the African savannah, a man’s leg is rotting with gangrene. His wife tries to comfort and encourage him. As he waits for death, he thinks about his life.