Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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