Ernest Hemingway

By: Viet Pham

20 Interesting Facts

  1. Ernest Hemingway was a failed KGB spy.
  2. Ernest Hemingway was known to use a machine gun on sharks to stop them eating his catch, and in 1938 he established a world record by catching seven marlin in one day.

  3. 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, and a fractured skull.


  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. There’s an Ernest Hemingway lookalike society that holds yearly contests.


  6. Hemingway’s memoir A Movable Feast , about his life in Paris in the 1920s, was not published until 1964.

  7. Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II when he was a war correspondent.

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

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

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

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

  12. Hemingway met J.D. Salinger during World War II. Salinger was fighting with the 12th Infantry Regiment.


  13. Hemingway drank with F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce, and he married four times.
  14. In the Florida Keys, there are a lot of 6-toed cats, because Ernest Hemingway’s cat “got around” a lot.
  15. Hemingway’s brother founded a nation off the coast of Jamaica that consisted of a raft and 7 citizens. It had currency, postage, and a constitution.

  16. From his infancy, Hemingway's mother begins a strange habit of dressing her son like a girl, complete with dresses and long hair, and his older sister as a boy, with overalls and cropped hair.


  17. In 1918, Hemingway leaves the newspaper and attempts to join the U.S. Army so that he can fight in World War I. The Army rejects him because of poor eyesight, so he volunteers as a driver with the Red Cross Ambulance Corps.


  18. Hemingway marries Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. She turns out to be the first of four wives.

  19. His granddaughter Margaux Hemingway, 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.

  20. He once published an apple pie recipe, guy style, in his newspaper column.

Ernest Hemingway Biography