Ernest Hemingway

By: Adam Coker

Ernest Hemingway Facts:

1. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago that has also been home to Edgar Rice Burroughs.

2.Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War 2 .

3. The FBI maintained an open file on Hemingway from World War II onwards.

4.Hemingway’s sister and brother, and also his father committed suicide as well.

5. Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary are buried in Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.


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

7.During his life, Hemingway married four times. When he died, he was buried next to his fourth wife Mary. Their tombstones are located in the Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.

8.Hemingway is known to have met J.D. Salinger during World War II who was then fighting with the 12th Infantry Regiment.
9.All of us dream of going to Paris but Hemingway wrote about his life in Paris and named it A Moveable Feast in the year 1920s which was sadly not published until 1964.

10.Wars have a different way of affecting one’s life. In Hemingway’s case it affected him in his works. He is known to have written only one one play called The Fifth Column which is set during the Spanish Civil War

11.Hemingway is known to have left trunks of material in the Paris Ritz in the year 1928 which he was unable to recover until the year 1957.

12.As a boy, Hemmingway spent the summers with his family in the woods of northern Michigan, where he often accompanied his doctor father on house calls. His father commited suicide several years later which left young Hemmingway with a deep emotional scar.

13.His short novel The Old Man and the Sea (1952) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and Hemingway was given the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

14.Hemmingway suffered from alcholism and depression. He was receiving treatment in Ketchum, Idaho for high blood pressure and liver problems — and also electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression and continued paranoia. He attempted suicide in the spring of 1961 and received ECT treatments again. He committed suicide (shot himself) on July 2, 1961.

15.His granddaughter Margaux Hemmingway, took an overdose of phenobarbital on July 1, 1996. It was one day before the anniversary of her grandfather's own suicide, Hemingway was found dead in her studio apartment in Santa Monica, California at age 41

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Final Facts:

19.In honor of the centennial year of Hemingway's birth (1899), The Star magazine named Hemingway its top reporter of the last hundred years.

20.His mother as a young child would dress him as a girl because she wanted a girl