Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway is seen as one of the great American novelists of the 20th century, and is known for his works like ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen.
After the United States entered the First World War, he joined as a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving there at the front, he was injured, and was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent some time in hospitals.
After his return to the United States, he sooner became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.
During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described also in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer’s disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter.
Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most amazing is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman’s journey, his long and quite lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.
The author continued his forays into Africa and faced several injuries during his adventures, even he survived multiple plane crashes.
In 1954, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Even at this peak of his literary career, though, the burly Hemingway’s body and mind were beginning to betray him. Recovering from various old injuries in Cuba, Hemingway suffered from depression and was treated for numerous conditions such as high blood pressure and liver disease.
He wrote A Moveable Feast, a memoir of his years in Paris, and retired permanently to Idaho. He continued to battle with deteriorating mental and physical health.
On the morning of July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in his Ketchum home.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
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