-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.
-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.
-There’s an Ernest Hemingway lookalike society that holds yearly contests.
- American actor Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway became great friends after getting into a fist-fight with each other in a theater.
- Hemingway’s wife lost a suitcase at a train station in 1922. In that suitcase was just about every piece of writing Hemmingway had completed up until that point. Having lost it all, he essentially had to start from scratch
- His mom made him play the cello.
- He wanted to fight in World War I, but was denied due to his wretched eye sight. However, he convinced the military to make him an ambulance driver. Unfortunately, during the war he was wounded from mortar fire.
- Ernest Hemingway once published a recipe for apple pie in his column. In fact, he had a lot of recipes for food, and some of them even ended up being museum pieces like his hamburger recipe below.
Hemingway and his shotgun
He killed himself with his favorite shotgun.
He grew paranoid and talked about FBI following him later in life. He was treated with electroshock. It was later revealed he was in fact watched, and Edgar Hoover personally placed him under surveillance.
His mother dressed him in girls clothes with his sister and acted as if they were twins.
More interesting facts
- Used to hunt German U-boats in his fishing boat with direction-finding equipment, a machine gun, and hand grenades.
- He went under 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 calalyst that sparked his desire to commit suicide.
- The day after 2 consecutive plane crashes he read, in the newspaper, his own obituary.
- His six-toed cat was a rather busy cat in Key West. This is why there is no shortage of six-toed cats in Key West.
- During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times (Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mar Welsh Hemingway). Martha Gellhorn never liked being Hemingway’s third wife and required that interviewers not mention the man.
- Hemingway was checked in to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota under the name Saviers, and the press believed he was being treated for hypertension.
- He once hit a critic who’d given one of his books a bad review.
Hemingway felt it “would be very dangerous” for someone to not attend multiple fights a year.
Hemingway apparently once lived, got drunk and slept with a bear
His daily word count was tracked on a slab of cardboard on his wall.