Ernest Hemingway

A "Lost Generation" Writer

20 Interesting Facts:

1. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois.

2. In 1918, Hemingway went overseas to serve in World War I as an ambulance driver.

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

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

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

6. Hemingway published about 15 books during his lifetime and created his own unique and highly recognizable prose style, which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

7. Hemingway was also an accomplished fisherman and outdoorsman.

8. Hemingway liked to think of writing in terms of competing with other authors living and dead.

9. Hemingway's novella, The Old Man and the Sea, won the Pulitzer Prize in literature in 1953.

10. Hemingway bought the gun he used to commit suicide from Abercrombie & Fitch, which at the time was a camping and firearms store.

11. He was married 4 times and dedicated a book for each wife during the time he was married to them.

12. Much of his writing reflects his dissatisfaction with modern culture.

13. His mom always wanted a girl so she dressed him up as one when he was little.

14. Hemingway loved bullfighting, he said it allowed him to release tension and show his strength over the animal.

15. Hemingway's home in Key West is one of the first to have running water.

16. Ernest Hemingway believed that life was made meaningful by courage, as reflected in his many stories about characters who would fight and die bravely.

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

18. As a teenager, Hemingway volunteered for war work and was wounded on the Italian front in 1918 (World War 1) This was the basis for his first major book, Farewell to Arms (1929).

19. Hemingway suffered from alcoholism and depression.

20. Hemingway survived 2 plane crashes in his life.

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