Ernest Hemingway

by Gracie Robertson

Intriguing Facts

1) Ernest's mother wanted a girl instead of a boy. So until he was four his mother dressed him as a girl.


2) He wanted to go to war in World War I, but had terrible eye sight. However, he convinced the military to make him an ambulance driver.


3) Ernest had a lot of recipes for food.


4) 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.


5) At the age of 27, he nicknamed himself "papa".


6) His parents were often horrified by their son's work because of their super religious views.


7) By 1957, Hemingway's daily alcohol consumption included Chianti in the morning, wine with lunch and dinner, nightcaps, and about a quart of liquor throughout the day.


8) He bought the gun he used to commit suicide from Abercrombie & Fitch.


9) He truly believed that life was made meaningful through courage.


10) For a long time, it was thought that he had died through an accidental shooting because his wife didn't want to receive a bad image.


11) Hemingway's sister and brother, and also his father committed suicide as well.


12) Earnest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary, are buried in Kethchum's town cemetery in Idaho.


13) Hemingway left trunks of material in the Paris Ritz in 1928 and did not recover them until 1957.


14) Hemingway’s son, Patrick, worked as a big-game hunter and ran a safari business in Tanzania.


15) Hemingway only wrote one play called The Fifth Column and it is set during the Spanish Civil War.


16) Hemingway met J.D. Salinger during World War II. Salinger was fighting with the 12th Infantry Regiment.


17) Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, about his life in Paris in the 1920s, was not published until 1964.


18) The FBI maintained an open file on Hemingway from World War II onwards.


19) Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II when he was a war correspondent.


20) Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago that has also been home to Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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