Professor Rock Neelly
23 September 2012
Ernest Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 in Illinois. He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School where he excelled in English. He also played many sports such as boxing, track and field, water polo, and football. In his junior year, he took a journalism class, which was set up as a newspaper office. The better writers in this class had their work submitted to the school newspaper. He continued to write and edit the schools newspaper and yearbook and developed a writing style like a sports writer. After graduating he worked for The Kansas City Star as a cub reporter (Wikipedia).
In 1918, Hemingway signed up to be an ambulance driver on the Italian front in World War I. He arrived in May and by July he was seriously injured by mortar fire. Even though he was injured, he carried an Italian soldier to safety and received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. After returning home in 1919, he spent time on camping and fishing trips and one week in the back-country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This trip became an inspiration for his short story “Big Two-Hearted River.” Late that year he became a freelancer and staff writer for the Toronto Star Weekly. In 1921 Hemingway married Hadley Richardson, was hired as the foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star, and moved to Paris (Wikipedia).
Once in Paris, Hemingway met many writers who would help him begin his career. By this time Hemingway has published many short stories. He met F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote “The Great Gatsby.” Hemingway read it and liked it and then he decided that his next work had to be a novel. “His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image.” “Ernest Hemingway Biography.” During his travels he became fascinated by bullfighting. The...