Ernest Hemingway

Biography

1.Ernest Hemingway married four women during his life, Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mary Welsh.

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

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

4.Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary are buried in Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.

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

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

7.Ernest Hemingway nicknamed himself "Papa" at the age of 27.

8.He liked to fish the trout streams of the upper peninsula of Michigan, specifically Fox River.

9.He also owned multi-toed cats in Italy and they had so many offspring that now, multi-toed cats are called Hemingway Cats.

10. During WWI, Hemingway drove an ambulance in Italy for the American Red Cross. Later a bomb exploded and he was seriously wounded. His novel, A Farewell to Arms, was based on his time in WWI.

11.Hemingway liked to think of writing in terms of competing with other authors living and dead. The one author he said he would never go up against was Leo Tolstoy.

12. In 1920, Hemingway moved to Toronto Canada, partly because of prohibition being declared in the United States.

13.Hemingway wrote regularly for his high school newspaper, The Trapeze. He mainly wrote humorous articles using the writing style of Ring Lardner.

14.Hemingway's picture appeared on a commemorative postage stamp in the United States in 1989 as a part of the Literary Arts series.

15.Hemingway wrote over 8,000 letters during his lifetime.

16.Hemingway won the Italian Silver Medal for Valor for his actions in World War I. (Even though he had over 200 pieces of mortar shell in his legs, Hemingway carried an injured soldier to medical help.)

17.While his work was well received by critics almost from the start, Hemingway himself was the subject of much criticism for his morals and behavior. This led to a lot of verbal conflicts...and even some physical ones.

18.In the 1920s, Hemingway was part of a group of American expatriate writers living in Paris. There he socialized—and argued with and learned from—writers such as Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot.

19.Hemingway married four times, often falling for one woman while still married to another one.

20.After battling depression and poor health for several years, Hemingway shot himself in 1961...just as his father had in 1928.