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Ernest Miller Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway, popularly known as
Hemingway is one of the most acclaimed and trend setting writers of
20th Century who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. His most
creative works were produced in the three decades 1920s to 1950s.
Hemingway was an American and was born in Oak Park,
Illinois on 21st July 1899. He had great interest in sports and later
developed keen interest in hunting. In school, he used to write sports
news for the school newspaper Trapeze and Tabula. After
graduation, he joined as a journalist of Kansas City Star. During
World War-I, he served the war as an Ambulance driver in Italian Army.
While on duty, he sustained injuries and was admitted to a hospital in
Milan. There he fell in love with an Italian nurse but she ditched him
later for another man.This brought great pain to the young Hemingway
who later expressed his agony through the novel "A Very Short Story"
and later in "A Farewell to Arms". Hemigway returned to Chicago after
the injury to recuperate and later take up another journalistic
assignment. Here, he married Hadley Richardson and the couple flew to
Paris where Hemingway joined as the foreign correspondent of Star.
In Paris, Hemingway came in contact with some of the great writers of
his generation such as Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Pablo
Picasso. Here he had an opportunity to go to Writer's festival
which inspired him to write The Sun Also Rises which narrates
the Post War disillusionment of young generation. After publication of
the novel, He divorced his first wife, married Pauline Pfeiffer
& returned to USA . During this period, he wrote Men without Women.In
1928, he wrote A Farewell to Arms, one of his finest works. In
1937, he met Martha Gellhorn, who later would become his third wife.
Hemingway, in the mean time, shifted to a place near Havana in Cuba.
In 1951, he wrote Old Man and the Sea, that would fetch him
He wrote A Moveable Feast, a memoir of
his years in Paris, and retired permanently to Idaho where he fought
depression and various illness and finally committed suicide by
shooting himself on the morning of July 2, 1961. Thus ended a great
life in tragedy.
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