What true sentences did Hemingway himself write? ‹ Literary Center

For tens of thousands of years, human beings have used fictional devices to shape their worlds and communicate with each other. Four thousand years ago they began to write these stories, and a great flowering of human achievement began. We know it today as literature, a term broad enough to encompass everything from ancient epic poetry to contemporary novels. How did literature develop? What forms did it take? And what can we learn by engaging with these works today? Hosted by Jacke Wilson, an amateur researcher with a lifelong passion for literature, The history of literature takes a fresh look at some of the most compelling examples of creative genius the world has ever seen.

“All you have to do is write a true sentence,” said Ernest Hemingway in A moving party. “Write the truest sentence you know.” And that’s what he did: the man wrote thousands of sentences, all in search of some “truth”. What does a “true sentence” mean for a fiction writer? What true sentences did Hemingway himself write? And how much of that is in the eye of the beholder?

In this episode, Jacke is joined by Mark Cirino, the host of the One True podcast and author of the book One True Sentence: Writers and Readers on the Art of Hemingwayfor a discussion of Hemingway, his quest for true sentences, and what it meant to dozens of contemporary readers.


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