All About Ernest Hemingway



  • Born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Began career as a writer at age 17 at the newspaper Kansas City Star
  • Was a volunteer ambulance medic for the Italian army during WWI
  • Injured during the war and received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery
  • Wrote "A Very Short Story" and Farewell to Arms
  • Returned to the United States at the age of 20
  • Started working for the Toronto Star
  • Met and married Hadley Richardson
  • Moved to Paris
  • Had a son, John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway
  • Began attending the famous Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain
  • Wrote his first novel, The Sun Also Rises
  • The Sun Also Rises is considered his best work, it examines postwar disillusionment of his generation
  • Divorced Hadley and married Pauline Pfeiffer
  • Moved back to America with Pauline
  • His second son, Patrick Hemingway was born
  • Spent time big-game hunting in Africa, bullfighting in Spain, deep-sea fishing in Florida
  • Survived multiple plane crashes
  • Reporter on the Spanish Civil War in 1937
  • Wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls (eventually nominated for a Pulitzer Prize)
  • Divorced his second wife and married Martha Gellhorn
  • Moved to Havana, Cuba
  • Served as a WWII correspondent and was present at several of the war's key moments
  • Divorced his third wife and married Mary Welsh
  • Wrote The Old Man and the Sea in 1951, won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (1954)
  • Retired in Idaho
  • Suffered depression throughout his life
  • Committed suicide on July 2, 1961

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