Ernest Hemingway


Interesting Facts

Hemingway was named after his grandfather.

He committed suicide at 61.

He played the cello.

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At 15, he volunteered to drive an ambulance for the Red Cross in Italy.

During his lifetime, He wrote seven novels, six collections of short stories, and two non-fiction books published.

Three novels, four collections of short stories, and three autobiographical works were published after he died.

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He loved cats.

At his home in Key West, there are 40-50 six-toed cats.

The cats and his home are still here today and are a big tourist attraction.

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He used a plain, forceful prose style characterized by simple sentences and few adjectives or adverbs in his writing.

In 1933 Hemingway and his wife Pauline went on safari to East Africa which inspired some of his writing.

Over his lifetime, he had 4 wives; Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfieffer, Martha Gelhorn and Mary Welsh.

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He was a war correspondent in the Spanish War.

Hemingway bought a boat in 1934, and began sailing the Caribbean.

He had a passion for bull-fighting.

A journey to Africa in 1954 ended in their plane crash over the Belgian Congo. Hemingway suffered severe burns and internal injuries from which he never fully recovered.

The revolutionary Cuban government of Fidel Castro forced the Hemingways to leave their home, Finca Vigia in Cuba.

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Medical records made available in 1991 confirm that Hemingway had hemochromatosis, which is the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration.

Hemochromatosis is what led him to commit suicide.

His sister Ursula and his brother Leicester also committed suicide.