By Lane Boenker
Interesting Facts About Ernest Hemingway
1. In 1918, Hemingway went overseas to serve in World War I , but as a result of his poor eyesight he was assigned to serve as an ambulance drive.
2. Early on the morning of July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in his Ketchum home.
3. The author continued his forays into Africa and sustained several injuries during his adventures, even surviving multiple plane crashes.
4. 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.
5. Ernest Hemingway was charged with war crimes under the Geneva Convention when he took command and led of a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis.
6. Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II when he was a war correspondent.
7. Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary are buried in Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.
8.Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago that has also been home to Edgar Rice Burroughs.
9. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and also the Nobel Prize for Literature.
10. He was married four times.
11. He went on to write seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction pieces.
12. Hemingway wrote for his high school newspaper, The Trapeze.
13. Hemingway carried an Italian soldier to safety, for which he received the Italian Silver Metal of Bravery.
14. While recuperating from an injury suffered in WWI, he fell in love for the first time, with Agnes Von Kurowsky, a Red Cross nurse seven years his senior.
15. In the spring of 1926, his first wife Hadley Richardson (married in 1921) became aware of his affair with Pauline Pfeiffer, who came to Pamplona with them.
16. His father, Clarence Hemingway, committed suicide in December of 1928.
17. He convinced the Cuban government to help him refit the Pilar, his prized boat, which he intended to use to ambush German submarines off the coast of Cuba.
18. From May 1944 to March 1945, Hemingway was in London and Europe. When Hemingway first arrived in London he met TIME magazine correspondent, Mary Welsh, with whom he became infatuated.
19. In 1946 he married Mary Welsh. He proposed to Mary on thier third meeting.
20. Ernest had three children, John (Jack) Nicanor Hemingway ( from his marriage to Hadley) Gregory & Patrick Hemingway (from his marriage to Pauline).
Hemingway was an avid hunter.
Hemingway during WWI
Hemingway served in WWI as an ambulance driver.
Hemingway the Writer
Hemingway began his writing career as a journalist in high school, and became an accomplished author.