Ernest Hemingway

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1. His mom was quite stubborn. Many believe his mother wanted another girl, and so until Ernest was four his mother dressed him up like a girl. Ernest’s hair was as long as his sisters’ hair. She later wanted Ernest to be a musician, and she forced him to play the cello. Of course, Ernest was neither good nor fond of the cello. His stubborn mother once kept him from school for more than a year to get him to play. We all should know the ending; no one is more stubborn than Ernest. In Ernest’s own words, he said: “That cello—I played it worse than anyone on earth.”

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2. Wanted to go to war in World War I, but he had bad eye sight. However, he convinced the military to let him be an ambulance driver. Unfortunately, during the war he was wounded in mortal fire.

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3. There’s a popular tale circulating about Hemingway betting fellow writers that he could write a short story in just six words. The story goes that Hemingway gave them: “For Sale: baby shoes. Never worn,” and he won the bet. This recently has been challenged with good reason by quoteinvestigator.com. They cite that the tall tale was introduced in 1991, and the story is more likely written by William R. Kane.

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4. Ernest stole a urinal from his favorite bar claiming that he had “pissed away” enough money into it that, as a result, he should own it. He ended up sticking the urinal in his house.
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5. Ernest Hemingway once published a recipe for apple pie in his column. In fact, he had a lot of recipes for food, and some of them even ended up being museum pieces like his hamburger recipe below.

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6. 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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7. After World War II, he was accused of War Crimes by Geneva surrounding an event where Ernest lead a group of French Militia against the Nazis. He was not convicted.
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8. During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times (Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mar Welsh Hemingway). Martha Gellhorn never liked being his third wife and would require any interviewer to never mention Hemingway.
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9. Hemingway was checked in to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota under the name Saviers, and the press believed he was being treated for hypertension.
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10. During his life, Hemingway survived exposure to anthrax, malaria, skin cancer, and pneumonia. He lived through diabetes, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, hepatitis, a ruptured spleen, a fractured skull, a crushed vertebra, and the only thing he could not stop was himself. Ultimately, Hemingway took his favorite gun and went to the foyer where he put two rounds into his head after returning from the Mayo Clinic.
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11. His death was found to be self-inflicted, but the newspapers called it “accidental.” Five years later, Mary, his wife, publicly disclosed that the cause of death was suicide.
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12. Ernest killed himself with his favorite shotgun, purchased from Abercrombie & Fitch.
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13. Ernest Hemingway is known to have been born in Oak Park, Illinois. It is a suburb of Chicago that has also been home to Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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14. Not only could he win a battle with his pen but also with his physical power. Probably that was the reason that he was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II while being a war correspondent.
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15. Being on even the slightest mind of an FBI agent is a nightmare for the many of us but Hemingway was not the ordinary kind of a man after all. The FBI maintained an open file on Hemingway from World War II onwards and this was least of his worries.
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16. 10 Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary are buried in Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.
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17. He moved to Idaho when the communists came to power in Cuba, but suffered from depression and loss of memory.
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18. After the war he lived in Cuba with his fourth wife. In 1953 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and in 1954 he won the Nobel Prize for literature.
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19. Hemingway became a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star and began writing novels. His first successful book was “The Sun Also Rises,” a pessimistic look at the post-World War I generation.
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20. Another of his famous works, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” describes a guerilla fighter during the Spanish Civil War who knew he was doomed to fail.
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