Monthly Archives: October 2009

Hemingway’s “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn”: The Early Drafts

I sold shoes. It was good.

Writing, like shoe selling, is hard.

Hola, compadre. War’s tough. Need shoes?

Bullfighters. Booze. Lions. Fishing. Paris. Babies?

Shoes, she loved. Me, she left.

American seeks paper, pencil, bambino (shod).

Sale: baby. Barefooted. Ten clams, o.b.o.

Baby shoes on offer, slightly blood-soaked.

For sale: diapers, never pooped in.

Crazy baby-shoe sale: everything must go!!!