Biography Of Ernest Hemingway

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Known for his works, full of masculinity and adventure, Ernest Hemingway became one of the greatest writers of the twenty-first century, he wrote novels and short stories about outdoorsmen, soldiers and other men of action, all of these, characteristics of his own persona. Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Clarence Edmunds and Grace Hemingway, both strict Congregationalists. Hemingway's early years were spent largely in combating the repressive feminine influence of his mother and nurturing the masculine influence of his father. He spent the summers with his family in the woods of northern Michigan, where he often accompanied his father on professional calls. He started writing as a teenager by writing a weekly column for his high school newspaper. He also began to write poems and stories during this time, some of which were published in his school's literary magazine. After graduating high school in 1917 Hemingway started his career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star covering city crime and writing feature stories. The position helped him develop a journalistic style which would later become one of the most identifiable characteristics of his fiction. 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 badly injured by mortar fire. While being injured, he carried an Italian soldier to safety and by doing so Ernest received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. After coming 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.” Later that year he became a freelancer and staff writer ... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.’ Hemingway was not big on self-analysis; he said upon receiving his Nobel Prize that "a writer should write what he has to say and not speak it." But the facts of his life are important, for Hemingway he believed that a good writer ought to draw always upon personal experience for his material. He wrecked his body in pursuit of a macho ideal. He wrecked his relationships in pursuit of… well, who knows what exactly he was after. After a lifetime of celebrating striving and stoicism, Hemingway ended his life wracked in mental and physical pain. Whatever his personal challenges, Hemingway's professional legacy is clear. American prose is different because of him, and his unique style has influenced art, film and countless other writers. We can only imagine that Papa would be proud

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