Ernest Hemingway

{ Iceberg Theory & Code Hero } (By Kaylee B)

The Iceberg Theory ; In Hemingway's Own Words.

If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. ~ Ernest Hemingway

{ The Iceberg Theory Cont. }

Biographer Carlos Baker said that since Hemingway began his career writing short stories, he learned how to “get the most from the least, how to prune language how to multiply intensities, and how to tell nothing but the truth in a way that allowed for telling more than the truth.”

So if you think Hemingway’s short and simple style was out of laziness or ignorance, you couldn’t be more wrong. He was very purposeful and intentional about why he wrote the way he wrote. It might look simple, but it’s not simple.


{ Before he became a legend }

Before Ernest Hemingway was a literary giant, he was a cub reporter.
Some of his early reporting feels rushed and raw. The pieces read like the typical journalese you see today (except that it rattled off lots more statistics about army recruiting events).
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Link to a few pieces of his journalism. ^

Fun Facts?!?!

* His economical and 'understated' style had a strong influence on 20th-Century Fiction.
* Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s.
*won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
* He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works.