Ernest Hemingway

Influence on American Literature

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  • Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist who was known as one of the greatest 20th century novelist.
  • He positively influenced American literature by writing about his everyday experiences and what people can relate to.

  • Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Cicero, Illinois.
  • He grew up in this conservative suburb of Chicago, but he and his family also spent a great deal of time in northern Michigan, where they had a cabin. It was there that the future sportsman learned to hunt, fish and appreciate the outdoors.
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  • He produced most of his work between the mid-1920s through the 1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
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Portrait of Ernest Hemingway in his Red Cross Uniform during World War I.

  • Hemingway was involved in World War 1, to which he was injured and sent to a hospital in Milan where he met a nurse named Agnes von Kurowsky.
  • All of his life Hemingway was fascinated by war and, as World War II progressed, he made his way to London as a journalist.
  • No American writer is more associated with writing about war in the early 20th century than Ernest Hemingway. He experienced it firsthand, wrote dispatches from innumerable frontlines, and used war as a backdrop for many of his most memorable works.
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Hemingway and Kurowski

  • She accepted his proposal of marriage, but later left him for another man.
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  • In his stories, he writes about the human struggle with love, loss, separation, isolation, and politics.
  • He creates palpable moods with his descriptive prose.
  • Many of his memorable scenes are descriptions of nature, passion, cafes, eating, drinking, fishing, and bullfighting.

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  • Hemingway received many awards for his books.
  • He won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1954.
  • He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.