Ernest Hemingway Short Stories

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.

Read “After the Storm”

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.

Read “Big Two-Hearted River”

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.

Read “Cat in 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.

Read “A Clean Well-Lighted Place”

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.

Read “A Day’s Wait”

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.

Read “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife”

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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.

Read “Hills Like White Elephants”

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.

Read “In Another Country”

The Killers

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.

Read “The Killers”

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.

Read “The Light of the World”

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.

Read “My Old Man”

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.

Read “Old Man at the Bridge”

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.

Read “One Reader Writes”

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.

Read “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”

Soldier’s Home 

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.

Read “Soldier’s Home”

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.

Read “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”