The Life & Times

Of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest's Life & Family

  • Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago that has also been home to Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  • Hemingway won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.
  • Hemingway was a avid athlete in highschool, and loved boxing.
  • Ernest Hemingway nicknamed himself "Papa" at the age of 27
  • Hemingway once punched fellow writer Max Eastman at a publishers office in New York.
  • Hemingway had four different wives.
  • His first wife was Elizabeth Richardson, second wife was Pauline Pfeiffer, third wife was Martha Gellhorn, and his fourth wife was Mary Welsh.
  • His father's name was Clarence, and his mothers name was Grace.
  • Ernest had 7 granddaughters, and 5 grandsons.
  • Hemingway was once described as "The manliest of all manly men".

A Troubled Soul

  • Ernest committed suicide at the age of 61.
  • Hemingway bought the gun he used to commit suicide from Abercrombie & Fitch, which at the time was a camping and firearms store.
  • Though Hemingway was a obvious alcoholic, he never consumed alcohol while writing.
  • Ernest's brother and sister committed suicide as well.
  • He committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho, during the summer.
  • The FBI maintained an open file on Hemingway from World War II onwards.
  • Hemingway had just been released from a mental hospital prior to suicide.
  • Hemingway suffered from multiple psychiatric disorders.
  • Alcohol was a popular subject in Hemingways "The Sun Also Rises."
  • Hemingway had his first drink at the age of 17, and did not become an alcoholic until about 35 years later.
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