The Life of Ernest Hemingway

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“Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write on true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know” (shmoop.com). Ernest Hemingway was an honest and noble man. His life was highlighted by his successful writing career that brought him fame, fortune, but ultimately loneliness. Ernest Hemingway fell into a hole of drinking and depression (lib.utexas.edu). It was odd for Hemingway to become so emotionally unstable after having a happy childhood, quality experiences, and a successful writing career.

Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park Illinois in 1899. Oak Park was the town in which Ernest spent his childhood. Ernest later went on to say: “Oak Park was a place of wide lawns and narrow minds” (lib.utexas.edu). Life in Oak Park was a pleasant and peaceful place for Earnest. At home in Oak Park Ernest had two loving parents, his mother Grace Hall was an opera singer and a music teacher. She helped Ernest develop a love for art and literature. Ernest’s father, Clarence Edmonds, was a doctor and a naturalist. Ernest’s father helped him develop a passion for outdoor sports such as hunting, fishing, and woodcraft. Ernest also lived at home with a brother and four sisters (lib.utexas.edu).

Ernest Hemingway had an odd childhood, but nothing that ever effected him too greatly. The odd part about his childhood is that his mother would enjoy playing dress up with Ernest and his sister Marcelline. Ernest’s mother enjoyed dressing them up as twins. “Somedays they would

be boys with short hair and overalls. Other days they would be girls with long hair ...

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...icide, he used his death as motivation to complete his other novel: A Farewell to Arms (lib.utexas.edu).

With Ernest’s new found wealth he purchased a home in Key West. He also got to travel more, he even went on a Safari in Africa with Pauline. He also spent time in Europe in

1937 to cover the Spanish Civil War for a newspaper. While in Europe he met a journalist named Martha Gelhorn. He soon after married her, but the marriage only lasted 4 years (lib.utexas.edu).

Ernest returned home to Cuba to wait for his future wife Mary Welsh, who he had met in Paris. They got married in 1946, but that year contained a lot of turmoil for Ernest and his family. When the Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952 that marked the end of his career. In 1954 Hemingway was honored with theNobel Prize for Literature, from then on everything went down hill (lib.utexas.edu)
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