Hemingway Arrives – 7/21/1899

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Ernest Miller Hemingway was arguably one of the most talented writers to ever live. He has become the model for literary efficiency, creativity and prowess. His work stands as some of the most celebrated in all of English literature. 

His most famous works “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” are current recommended reading for all kinds of school age students. Hemingway’s influence is undeniable.

Hemingway’s style is the thing that is most widely emulated today. His short and choppy prose was unlike anything to come before it. Hemingway believed that people should write how they talk. Forcing flowery language and unnatural metaphors in conversations wasn’t part of his writing vernacular in any way. Trading in the tired concepts from earlier writers, he opted for something innovative. One word responses and singular sentence declarations weren’t widely used in other literary genres during his time. Hemingway changed all of that.

Hemingway was born to a doctor named Clarence and a musician named Grace. He was the second of six children. His parents taught him many different skills ranging from artistic to academic. His unique skills drove him to join the company of other eclectic people early on in his life.

Following his graduation from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1917 Hemingway immediately began work in the journalism field. He was a reporter for the Kansas City Star in Missouri and he later volunteered as an ambulance driver in Italy during WWII.

Hemingway grew tired of life in the US and after spending time in Italy he decided to move to Europe in the ’20s. He belonged to several different salons featuring writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. His first collection of short stories was published in 1925 and in 1926 his debut novel “The Sun Also Rises” broke barriers in 1926. 

By 1961 Hemingway was increasingly anxious and depressed. His mental illness was widely documented and featured heavily in some of his most prized works. After settling down in Idaho, his compound became a place where the future writers of the world would visit to pay homage. He killed himself at the home in Ketchum, Idaho in 1928. To this day he is one of the most often emulated and praised writers of the world. Arguably, he is the greatest who has ever lived. 

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