Ernest Hemingway

By: Ruth Anne Kettler

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway


A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway


  • Ernest Hemingway killed himself with his favorite shotgun bought from Abercrombie & Fitch.
  • He was a failed KGB Spy
  • Ernest Hemingway survived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, skin cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, two plane crashes (on consecutive days), a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, and more.

  • There’s an Ernest Hemingway lookalike society that holds yearly contests.

  • His mom was quite stubborn. Many believe his mother wanted another girl, and so until Ernest was four his mother dressed him up like a girl. Ernest’s hair was as long as his sisters’ hair.
  • His six-toed cat was a rather busy cat in Key West. This is why there is no shortage of six-toed cats in Key West.
  • During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times.
  • Hemingway’s mom was determined to get young Ernest playing a musical instrument, she once kept him out of school for an entire year to learn the cello.
  • Ernest Hemingway along with his father, brother, sister, and granddaughter all committed suicide.
  • Ernest Hemingway nicknamed himself "Papa" at the age of 27.
  • He committed suicide in Sun Valley, Idaho with a shotgun in 1961.
  • Hemingway was raised a Congregationalist, converted to Catholicism for his second wife, but seems to have been an atheist at heart.
  • As an adult Hemingway once killed four hundred rabbits in a day
  • Early in the First World War (before the U.S. joined the war), Ernest Hemingway

    gt a job as an ambulance driver in Italy.

  • Ernest Hemingway was known to use a machine gun on sharks to stop them eating his catch, and in 1938 he established a world record by catching seven marlin in one day.
  • While recuperating in a Milan hospital, Hemingway fell in love with an American nurse six years his senior named Agnes von Kurowsky. They make plans for her to join him in the United States.Hemingway returns to the United States. Agnes soon writes to him to tell him that she has fallen in love with an Italian officer.


  • He wanted to go to war in World War I, but he had wretched eye sight. However, he convinced the military to make him an ambulance driver. Unfortunately, during the war he was wounded from mortar fire.
  • After Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary were injured in two successive plane crashes in Africa in 1954, first reports said he had been killed. Some American newspapers even published his obituary.
  • By 1957, Hemingway's daily alcohol consumption included Chianti in the morning, wine with lunch and dinner, nightcaps and about a quart of liquor throughout the day.
  • Hemingway got divorced with his first wife after she found out about his affair with Pauline Pfeiffer. Pauline later became his wife.
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