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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber


by Ernest Hemingway

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Resources


Full Text of the Story

Ah, the Internet. Now you can keep up with the story, even if you forgot your book at home.

Fun Trivia: The Trivia and Quiz Community

Test your memory with this quiz based on facts and events from the story.

The Art of Manliness

A website dedicated to being a man, featuring Hemingway safaris as a quick way there. Great picture of Hem with a dead lion, just in case you have been hoping for such a thing.


The site includes a short bibliography, a biography, and excerpts from his Nobel acceptance speech, which he did not deliver himself because he could not be present. What a thing to miss.

The Hemingway Resource Center

See and hear the man himself. LostGeneration.com hosts video and audio of Hemingway as well as a clip from the film version of his short novel The Old Man and the Sea.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hem's home in Key West, Florida, chock-full of cats and lush, tropical surroundings!

Hemingway's Last Home in Ketchum, Idaho

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful home where he lived at the end of his life, and where he shot himself in July 2, 1961.

Movie or TV Productions

The Macomber Affair (1947)

As mentioned in "What's Up with the Title?" a movie version of the book came out in 1947 and starred Gregory Peck and Joan Bennett, who were A-list stars in their day. The film was put out by United Artists and had big glossy ads in Life, Look, and Collier's. One poster read "A coward… Is he man enough to hold his woman by any means? A vixen… yet desperate slave to another! A man… born to violence yet trained to take whatever he wants!" Sheesh. The other campaign poster read: "GREGORY PECK MAKES THAT HEMNGWAY KIND OF LOVE TO JOAN BENNETT."

Historical Documents

The Neutralizing Power of Hemingway

Everyone loves Hemingway so much that the United States and Cuba actually made an exception to their embargo so that the papers he left in his Havana home could be preserved.

Hem's Obituary

The article claims that his death was an accident, but history has decided that it was suicide.


Some Seriously Amateurish Acting

Thankfully this version of "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is under ten minutes. Like the real film version, the video rearranges the events for dramatic effect. Watch at your own risk.

YouTube Lecture on the Story

Tune in to see a professorial gentleman talk about Hemingway's heroes and code of masculinity. The fellow also discusses the characters and the ethics of their behavior.


NBC Production

Here's the 1948 NBC radio production of our story, with all kinds of embellishments, and sound effects. They have changed the storyline, added all kinds of descriptions and scenes. It's practically a different story.

Town Hall Radio

Links to audio of the Nobel Prize speech (again, not delivered by Hemingway himself), in which Hem is talking about the plot of one of his stories. You also get some audio of actors reading his short stories.


"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" in Cosmopolitan

Pictures of the original version published in Cosmopolitan magazine – and yes, the magazine has sure changed since then. This is no "Are you pleasing your man?" quiz.

A Good Looking Guy

Here's a picture of Hem himself, in his World War I days.

The Macomber Affair

One of those movie posters we were talking about.

Scene from The Macomber Affair

This screen still just might help you picture the events of the story.

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