Ernest Hemingway

by : michael schneider

facts about ernest hemingway

  • At the age of 27 he nicnamed himself "papa."
  • His parents were often horrified by their son's work because of their super religious views.
  • 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.
  • Hemingway bought the gun he used to commit suicide from Abercrombie & Fitch, which at the time was a camping and firearms store.
  • He truly believed that life was made meaningful through courage.

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  • Ernest was not the only member of his family to commit suicide. His father, Ed, siblings, Leicester and Ursula, and granddaughter Margaux also took their own lives.
  • While living in Paris in 1928, Hemingway accidentally left a trunk of clothing and other items at the Ritz Hotel. He returned nearly 30 years later, and the hotel returned the trunk to him, still completely intact
  • Throughout his lifetime, Hemingway lived in Oak Park, Kansas City, Italy, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Key West, Cuba, and Idaho. He frequently took trips to Austria, Spain, Africa and the American West.
  • 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, and more
  • Ernest Hemingway used to hunt U-Boats in his fishing boat with direction-finding equipment, a machine gun and hand grenades.
  • 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.

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


  • There’s an Ernest Hemingway lookalike society that holds yearly contests.



  • Ernest once took a urinal home from his favorite bar and moved it into his home.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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