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It’s an honour to meet you, Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, where he was raised.

After finishing high school, he started his career as a writer in the newspaper The Kansas City Star, before joining a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army in World War I. He was wounded in 1918, spent considerable time in hospitals and returned home. He became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

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Hemingway's experiences in wartime formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises(1926).

In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's first novel, was published in 1926.

Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer after his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson. However this marriage was also unsuccessful and the couple divorced after Hemingway returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had been a journalist. He married his third wife, Martha Gellhorn in 1940. They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II.

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Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea, one of his masterpieces, in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of the rest of his life.

Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.

Hemingway's economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously.

novels of Ernest Hemingway

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Across the River and into the Trees
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Garden of Eden
Islands in the Stream
The Old Man and the Sea
The Sun Also Rises
To Have and Have Not
The Torrents of Spring
Under Kilimanjaro

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The Old Man and the Sea

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