Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. He began his writing career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. When he was eighteen, he served as a Red Cross ambulance driver in World War 1 and was sent to Italy, where he was badly wounded. While recuperating at home, he picked up on his writing career. He had a distinctive style of writing that influenced 20-century fiction. He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely publicized life. His works include: The Torrents of Spring (1925), The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), To Have and Have Not(1937), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), Across the River and Into the Trees (1950), The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Adventures of a Young Man (1962), Islands in the Stream (1970), The Garden of Eden (1986), Death in the Afternoon (1932), Green Hills of Africa (1935),The Dangerous Summer (1960), A Moveable Feast (1964), Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923), In Our Time (1925), Men Without Women (1927), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1932), Winner Take Nothing (1933), The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938), and The Essential Hemingway (1947). The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. In 1954 Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature. A journey to Africa planned by the author and his wife in 1954 ended in their plane crash over the Belgian Congo. Hemingway suffered severe burns and internal injuries from which he never fully recovered. After only a few months in their new home in Ketchum, Idaho, Hemingway was admitted to the Mayo Clinic to be treated for hypertension and emotional depression and was later treated by electroshock therapy. Ashamed of an illness which humiliated him physically and impaired his writing, he killed himself with a shotgun on July 2, 1961.
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