Review of Ernest Hemingway and Writings

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Review of Ernest Hemingway and Writings

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelest and short-story writer whose writings and personal life exerted a profound influence on American writers of his time and thereafter. Many of his works are regarded as American classics, and some have subsequently been made into motion pictures. A review of Hemingway reveals many interesting points about his life, about the influences upon his works, and of the the themes and styles of his writings.

An examination of Hemingway's past brings to light many interesting points and helps to create a better understanding of how he came to be the master of the understated prose style. The second of six children born to Clarence and Grace Hemingway, Ernest was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. The society he grew up in was one of strict disciplinarians. His parents were no exception. In fact he spent much of his life trying to escape the "repressive code of behavior" (CLC, 177) that was pushed upon him as a child. After graduating high school in 1977 he chose not to go to college and instead became a reporter for the Kansas City Star, where he remained for seven months. His oppurtunity to break away came when he volunteered as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy. In July of 1918 while serving along the Piave River, he was severely wounded by shrapnel and forced to return home after recuperation in January 1919. The war had left him emotionally and physically shaken, and according to some critics he began as a result "a quest for psychological and artistic freedom that was to lead him first to the secluded woods of Northern Michigan, where he had spent his most pleasant childhood moments, and then to Europe, where his literary talents began to take shape." (CLC, 177) First he took a part-time job as a feature writer for the Toronto Star, eager to further pursue his journalistic ambitions. In the fall of 1920 he became the contributing editor of a trade journal,...
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