Ernest Hemingway

By: Sam Workman

20 interesting facts abot Ernest Hemingway

1.Ernest Hemingway was known to use a machine gun on sharks to stop them eating his catch

2.Ernest Hemingway survived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, skin cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, two plane crashes (on consecutive days), a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, and more.

3.Ernest Hemingway killed himself with his favorite shotgun bought from Abercrombie & Fitch.

4.Ernest Hemingway was charged with war crimes under the Geneva Convention when he took command and led of a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis.

5. Hemingway’s son, Patrick, worked as a big-game hunter and ran a safari business in Tanzania.

6.Ernest Hemingway skipped a whole year of school to learn the cello, but he never did.

7.Ernest Hemingway loved polydactyl cats.

8.Ernest drank from 2 to 3 bottles of liquor a day and wine at meals.

9.Hemingway’s mother dressed and treated him as a girl until the age of four.

10. Ernest Hemingway married four women during his life, Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mary Welsh.

11.Hemingway tried to kill himself in a manner slightly more shocking, according to friend A.E Hotchner. Hotchner said that Hemingway once attempted to kill himself by walking into a plane propeller on a runway. He was thwarted, but, once in the air, tried to jump out of the plane, and was again unsuccessful.

12.Ernest was not the only member of his family to commit suicide. His father, Ed, siblings, Leicester and Ursula, and granddaughter Margaux also took their own lives.

13.Throughout his lifetime, Hemingway lived in Oak Park, Kansas City, Italy, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Key West, Cuba, and Idaho. He frequently took trips to Austria, Spain, Africa and the American West.

14.After returning from WWI, one biographer wrote that despite his outward image of courage and masculinity, Hemingway often slept with a nightlight, haunted by the atrocities he had seen in Italy.

15.He was never able to participate in the war because of his eyesight, but he wanted to help out in World War I so much that he became an ambulance driver.

16.For the longest time, it was thought that he had died through an accidental shooting because his wife didn’t want him to receive a bad image.

17.At age 27, he gave himself his own nickname “Papa”.

18.He would get drunk with the author James Joyce.

19.Ernest wrote some recipes in his newspaper column and some are now in museums.

20.In the 1940′s, Hemingway worked closely with the Soviet KGB. He went under the cover name “Argo.” Edgar Hoover and many FBI officials spied on him for much of his later life. Some even claim this added level of pressure deepened his depression and later led him to take his own life.

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