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Ernest Hemingway

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A brief biography of the Nobel Prize winning American novelist

A brief biography of the Nobel Prize winning American novelist

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  • 1. ERNEST HEMINGWAY 1899-1961
  • 2.
    • 2 nd of 6 children
    • Parents : father – doctor
    • mother – opera singer
    • and music teacher
    • Raised in Oak Park, a suburb of
    • Chicago
  • 3.
    • In high school, Hemingway wrote for the school newspaper and edited the school literary journal.
    • After graduation, he worked for 6 months as a newspaper reporter for the Kansas City Star.
  • 4.
    • In June 1918, Hemingway volunteered to be an ambulance driver for the Red Cross and was assigned to Italy, where he was seriously wounded.
  • 5.
    • After recovering from his wounds, Hemingway returned home and began to write.
  • 6.
    • Everything he wrote was rejected by publishers.
    • After getting married in 1921, he and his wife sailed to Paris; a friend had given him letters of introduction to:
  • 7.
    • Gertrude Stein, author and art collector,
  • 8.
    • Sylvia Beach, owner of Shakespeare & Company – the famous Paris bookstore,
  • 9.
    • Ezra Pound – poet, literary critic, and editor,
  • 10.
    • and they introduced him to:
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald,
  • 11.
    • Sara and Gerald Murphy,
  • 12.
    • Pablo Picasso,
  • 13.
    • and James Joyce.
  • 14.
    • All it then took, was for Gertrude Stein to taunt Hemingway one day, saying, “You are all a Lost Generation.”
    • The name stuck!
  • 15.
    • Hemingway’s first successful novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926), is based on his visits to the Fiesta de San Fermin.
  • 16.
    • Hemingway’s experiences being wounded in World War I on the Italian front led to his writing A Farewell to Arms (1929).
  • 17.
    • An African safari, with his second wife, Pauline, led to the writing of Green Hills of Africa and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
  • 18.
    • Hemingway reported on the Spanish Civil War (1936-1938), together with his third wife, Martha Gellhorn.
  • 19.
    • Hemingway’s advice to young writers was, “Always write what you know.” In 1939, what many consider his greatest novel was published: For Whom the Bell Tolls , about the Spanish Civil War.
  • 20.
    • Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 for Old Man and the Sea .
  • 21.
    • Hemingway lived in fascinating places: Cuba
  • 22.
    • Key West, Florida
  • 23.
    • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 24.
    • Hemingway’s writing has been admired around the world and his works have been translated into many languages.
    • Two weeks before his 61 st birthday, Hemingway committed suicide.
  • 25.  

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