The Old Man at the Bridge

Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man at the Bridge by Ernest Hemingway.."An old man with steel rimmed spectacles and very dusty clothes sat by the side of the road. There was a pontoon bridge across the river and carts, trucks, and men, women and children were crossing it..."

The Old Man at the Bridge is a short story by Ernest Hemingway, published within The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (1925), among other works. Set near San Carlos, Spain, it is narrated in the first person by an unnamed soldier on the dawn of incipient civil war, and tells of an old, worn-down man sitting near a make-shift pontoon bridge. The man, unable to go any further, confesses his troubles to the soldier, and contemplates the bleak outlook of the next step to take.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature. 

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