Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway

The most influential writer of his time, Ernest Hemingway was considered one of the prominent figures of the Lost Generation literary movement. His background and journalism contributed to his unique style of writing from which he became known for. Hemingway’s life experiences became his source for all that he wrote about. His passion for nature, and his adventurous personality are reflected on his unique works. Hemingway had a particular way of looking at life and his childhood experiences, including his escapes, enriched his creativity which later inspire him to pursue a career as a writer. He began as a successful athlete who then turned into a journalist, and finally discovered his love for writing stories. The most interesting facts about Hemingway come from his personal experiences with love, war, and his traveling around the world which allowed him to encountered and experience different cultures.

To begin with, as previously mentioned, Ernest Hemingway’s works are all influenced and based of his personal experience, therefore, signifying that his life must have been just as interesting, if not more than his actual works. The Encyclopedia, Issues and Controversies relate his life. Born on July 21, 1899, in suburban Oak Park, Illinois. Ernest Hemingway was raised to a christian family and son to Grace and Dr. Clarence Hemingway. From the start, he showed his interest in nature and adventures as he preferred joining his dad on his hunting and fishing trips instead of following his mother’s step as a musician. His favorite time of the year was summer as his family all went to Michigan where they owned another home for vacation. It was there where he encountered his passion for outdoor adventures which later inspired him to some of his stories. LitFinder Contemporary Collection, states that his writing career began in high school as he contributed a weekly column to the school paper and fiction to the school’s magazine. In addition, Hemingway’s aptitude for physical challenges led him to play football and box. Consequently, due to permanent eye damage cause by boxing matches, he was repeatedly rejected of joining the armed forces. However, his experience with boxing provided him with material for some of his later stories. Furthermore, in 1917 after graduating from high school he landed his first job as a journalist for The Kansas City Star.A year After, Hemingway was given the chance to participate in WWI as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross. As a result, in July 8, 1918, he received a leg wound as he was victim to an attack on American Forces. Next, in 1921, Hemingway became engaged with Hadley Richardson for the first time and moved to Europe where he stayed for five years; his first marriage became one of four unsuccessful marriages. In Europe, Hemingway became a reporter and covered events all over which included interviews with important leaders such as Lloyd George, Clemenceau, and Mussolini. It was during his first stay in Europe where he found inspiration to write the memoir A Moveable Feast. In it, he talks about his many experiences while living in Paris during the 1920s, a period of time when the city was haven for american expatriate artists and writers also known as The Lost Generation. During the next four years, Hemingway published various novels and short stories such as “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” In like manner, he wrote The Sun Also Rises in 1926, and For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1940. The Encyclopedia, Issues and Controversies also informs us that Hemingway returned to Toronto and went back to work for The Kansas City Star in August 1923. It was at this time when his writing slowed down due to his journalistic work for The Star. Finally, after reading Joyce’s Dubliners, Hemingway began to take a different route and focus once again into writing stories. In 1927, he faced a divorce from his wife Hadley Richardson and...
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