Ernest Hemingway

Braylee Schomburg

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." -Ernest Hemingway

Interesting facts about Ernest

-Ernest Hemingway survived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, mortar shrapnel wounds, three car crashes and bush fire burns.


-The mother of Ernest Hemingway often dressed young Ernest and his older sister in matching pink flowery dresses (and similar outfits) to fulfill her desire to instead be mother to a pair of twin girls.


-On one instance, when his plane burst into flames on the runway and with his door jammed, Hemingway used his head as a battering ram, butted the door twice and got out.


-While vacationing in Africa, Ernest Hemingway was almost fatally injured in 2 separate plane crashes over a 2-day period. The next day he read in a newspaper his own obituary. A few days later, he was seriously injured in a brush fire.


-As a war correspondent during WWII, Ernest Hemingway took off his non-combatant insignia and posed as a colonel in order to lead a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis

-Ernest Hemingway used to machine gun sharks to stop them from eating his catch and that in 1938 he established a world record by catching seven marlins in one day.


-Hemingway underwent shock therapy to treat his manic depression (bi-polar disorder). The treatment obliterated his memory, which made it impossible for him to write. This was the catalyst that sparked his desire to commit suicide.


-American actor Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway became great friends after getting into a fist-fight with each other in a theater.\


-Hemingway wrote a 6 word short story because of a bar room bet. It read, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


-Hemingway’s wife lost a suitcase at a train station in 1922. In that suitcase was just about every piece of writing Hemingway had completed up until that point. Having lost it all, he essentially had to start from scratch

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-For the last two decades of his life, the FBI had a file on Hemingway, while J. Edgar Hoover kept a close eye on Hemingway during the 1950s.


-He once hit a critic who’d given one of his books a bad review.


- In Florida’s Key West, there’s an annual Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest.


-Ernest Hemingway killed himself with his favorite shotgun bought from Abercrombie & Fitch.


-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.

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-In the Florida Keys, there are a lot of 6-toed cats, because Ernest Hemingway’s cat “got around” a lot.


-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.

-Ernest stole a urinal from his favorite bar claiming that he had “pissed away” enough money into it that, as a result, he should own it. He ended up sticking the urinal in his house.


-During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times


-His death was found to be self-inflicted, but the newspapers called it “accidental.” Five years later, Mary, his wife, publicly disclosed that the cause of death was suicide.


-Hemingway’s sister and brother, and also his father committed suicide as well.