One of his most frequently discussed tales, ‘‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place'' is justly regarded as one of the stylistic masterpieces of Ernest Hemingway's distinguished career in short fiction. Not only does it represent Hemingway at his understated, laconic best, but, according to Carlos Baker, ‘‘It shows once again that remarkable union of the naturalistic and the symbolic which is possibly his central triumph in the realm of practical aesthetics.’’ In a mere five pages, almost entirely in dialogue and interior monologue, the tale renders a complex series of interactions...
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