Ernest Hemingway is credited with having written the first six-word novel.
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Apparently, Hemingway does not deserve full credit for this, but it fulfills the terms of the challenge he had received.
This challenge is far more difficult than you might imagine. A publication called Smith Magazine exists to show us all how difficult it is… not just to make a statement, but to tell a story. The six-word novels or memoirs in Smith invariably fall far short.
Now, one Nate Goldman has discovered a six-word novel in a New York Times story about Jeb Bush. Its authors are Jonathan Martin and AshleyParker. Goldman deserves much credit and many accolades for having discovered this.
I quote it verbatim.
“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.