Ernest Hemingway


Interesting Facts About Ernest Hemingway

  • He was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois.
  • In high school, Hemingway wrote about sports in his school newspaper, Trapeze and Tabula.
  • In 1918, Hemingway went overseas to serve in World War 1 as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army.
  • After that, he was drafted into the army where he traveled with the 4th Infantry Division under the 22nd Regiment as a T/4 sergeant in charge of the classification section.

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  • Ernest Hemingway married four women during his life, Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mary Welsh.
  • He was awarded the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery for carrying an Italian soldier to safety, despite his wounds.
  • His girlfriend Agnes von Kurowsky accepted his proposal, but later left him for someone else.
  • Francis Fitzgerald helped Hemingway with his writing career by introducing him to his editor.

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  • Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
  • The Sun Also Rises is considered his greatest work.
  • While in Chicago, Hemingway met Hadley Richardson, who would become his 1st wife.
  • They moved to Paris, and he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.

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  • It is known that Hemingway and Fitzgerald got into fist fights with others at local bars.
  • He owned many multi-toed cats while living in Italy.
  • He survived 2 plane crashes while in Africa.
  • Hemingway wrote mostly about hunting, war, and other fights in life, both real and metaphorical.


  • Hemingway was a journalist for practically his entire life.
  • Underwent electroconvulsive therapy for his depression and paranoia.
  • Hemingway committed suicide with a shotgun in Idaho.
  • He died in his home in Idaho on July 2, 1961.