Ernest Hemingway

Katie Perkins


  • Ernest killed himself with his favorite shotgun, purchased from Abercrombie & Fitch.
  • As a young boy, Ernest Hemingway was dressed in girls’ clothing by his mother and referred to as ‘Ernestine
  • He once hit a critic who’d given one of his books a bad review.
  • He was treated with electroshock therapy as many as 15 times at the recommendation of his physician in 1960
  • Ernest Hemingway was known to use a machine gun on sharks to stop them eating his catch
  • Hemingway’s brother founded a nation off the coast of Jamaica that consisted of a raft and 7 citizens. It had currency, postage, and a constitution.
  • Hemingway apparently once lived, got drunk and slept with a bear.
  • Hemingway once said that he can’t think of any better way to spend money than on champagne.
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More Cool Facts!

  • Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II when he was a war correspondent.
  • Hemingway left trunks of material in the Paris Ritz in 1928 and did not recover them until 1957.
  • Hemingway’s sister and brother, and also his father committed suicide as well
  • The KGB secretly recruited Hemingway to be their spy, and he accepted
  • While in his later years, the FBI conducted surveillance on Hemingway
  • Hemingway felt it “would be very dangerous” for someone to not attend multiple fights a year
  • James Joyce would get in bar fights and then have Hemingway beat the person up
  • According to Hemingway, his eyelids were particularly thin, causing him to always wake at daybreak
  • His daily word count was tracked on a slab of cardboard on his wall
  • The ending of A Farewell to Arms was rewritten 39 times

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