Ernest Hemingway

(1899-1961)

Background:

Ernest Hemingway was borin on july 21 1899 in Oak Park IL. He was an American 20th century author and journalist. He is best rememberd for his novels and his short stories. He also surved in WWI, he also suffered from depression and was treated for numerous conditions such as hugh blood pressure and liver disease. Early in the morning on July 2, 1961, Hemingway commited suicide in his kitchen home.

Novel written by Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba

The old man and the sea:

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy's parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast. The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.

The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.

Why is he famous?

  • Ernest Hemingway will be rememberes as one of the outstanding prose stylists in American literary history, and it was for his contributions in this area that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, two years after he publicated The Old Man and te Sea.

Chris was so fascinated by this writer in particular

Chris was intersted in Hemingway's chareacter NIck Adamsn

Nick Adams was an adventurer just like McCandless. He travels in the wild, where he lives and camps out.