Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
American novelist and short-story writer, one of the great American writers of the 20th century
Born: July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Chicago, USA; son of country doctor, second of six children
Lived in a strict, religious household; was an exceptional child
Grew up well-rounded, afraid of nothing, did things properly, loved nature (trained by parents)
Worked as reporter, world war 2 ambulance driver, canteen duty
Fell in love a lot of times: Agnes von Kurowksy (nurse), Elizabeth Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gelhorn, Mary Welsh
Loved hunting, fishing, and being in the battlefield
Seen as “action man”, filled with confidence and authority, but was shy and bitterly frustrated in reality
Inquisitive and determined but poor eyesight and health kept him from fulfilling his goals (wanted to be a WW2 soldier)
Turned to writing when dream of being a war hero failed
Wanted everything and nothing
Wrote to cope with life – to exorcise his ghosts, to achieve fame
Killed himself in a log cabin in Ketcham, Idaho (July 2, 1961)
His fiction usually focuses on people living essentials, dangerous lives – soldiers, fishermen, athletes, bullfighters – who met difficulty with stoic courage; direct, terse and monotonous
A Clean Well-lighted Place (1926) was about loneliness, sadness, aging and human connectivity (published in Winner Take Nothing 1933)
Hemingway wrote precisely and directly while Joyce enjoyed sprawling, witty, complex mixtures of worldplay

research done by: Vimischa Marga C. Balazo, 1-BS Bio. :)

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