Ernest Heminway

20 Interesting Facts and More

Early Years

1. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899.
2. Ernest Hemingway started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen.
3. Ernest Hemingway after World War One, joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army, where after serving at the front, was wounded and spent a considerable amount of time in hospitals.
4. After he came back to America, he became a American and Canadian Newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover important events.

His Writing Career

5. In the 1920's, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926).

6. Equally successful to The Sun Also Rises (1926), was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's dillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter.

7. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940).

8. Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

9. Hemingway - himself a great sportsman - liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith.

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His Writing Career Cont.

10. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938).
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Personal Life

11. On a 1954 trip to Uganda, he and his fourth wife survived two seperate plane crashes.

12. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but still recovering from injuries from a plane crash, he was unable to attend the ceremony.

13. Hemingway lived in Toronto, Chicago, Paris, and Key West, before spending almost 20 years at a villa in Cuba.
14. During World War II he was said to have rigged his fishing boat with military-style guns and patrolled the Cuban Coast looking for German submarines. He fled in 1959 after Fidel Castro took power, and his former home outside Havana has been converted into a museum.

15. He spent his last few years in Ketchum, Idaho.

16. He had 4 wives before his death 1961.

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Some of Ernest Hemingway's Novels

Ernest Hemingway Interview Video

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His Death

17. He comitted sucided with a shotgun on July 2, 1961.

18. At first it was said to be a gun cleaning accident, his 4th wife agreed.

19. His 4th wife came out years later and said it was suicide.

20. Suicide is not uncommon in their family; his father, his brother, at least one sister, his grand daughter, and him all comitted suicide.

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