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Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Torrents of Spring (1925)
   The Sun Also Rises (1926)
     aka Fiesta
   In Another Country (1927)
   A Farewell to Arms (1929)
   To Have and Have Not (1937)
   For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
   Across the River and Into the Trees (1950)
   The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
   Islands in the Stream (1970)
   The Garden of Eden (1986)
   True at First Light (1999)
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   Men at War (1942)
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Ernest Hemingway recommends
Mr Midshipman Hornblower (1950)
(Hornblower Saga, book 1)
C S Forester
"I recommend Forester to every literate I know."
Never Come Morning (1942)
Nelson Algren
"The best book to come out of Chicago."
Her Privates, We (1930)
Frederic Manning
"The finest and noblest book of men in war."

Anthologies containing stories by Ernest Hemingway
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2008)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Katrina Kenison and John Updike
The Vintage Book of War Stories (1999)
edited by
Sebastian Faulks and Jorg Hensgen

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