Ernest Hemingway.

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On the date of July 21, 1899 Ernest Hemingway, a now known brilliant writer, was

born. Hemingway was conceivably the only writer to achieve the combination of

international celebrity and literary stature in the twentieth century. Hemingway was

brought up in the village of Oak Park, Illinois, close to the prairies and woods west of

Chicago. Both here and in Michigan, he could explore, camp, fish and hunt with his father,

Dr. Clarence Hemingway. In Chicago he would attend concerts, operas and visit art

museums with his mother, a musician and an artist. Hemingway attended Oak Park and

River Forest High School, where he was an active writer. He wrote articles, poems and

stories for the school's publications largely based on his own experiences.

The year Hemingway graduated he quickly secured a job with the Kansas City Star.

There he received a writing style sheet that instructed: "Use short sentences.

Use short

first paragraphs. Use vigorous English." (Parshall 1). These were rules he never forgot to

incorporate into his works to get to the heart of a story.

The following year he entered World War I as a volunteer with American Red

Cross ambulance unit as a driver. There he was wounded near the Italian/Austrian front.

Hospitalized, he fell in love with his nurse, who later called off their relationship.

After World War I, Hemingway returned to northern Michigan to read, write, fish,

and later to work for the Toronto Star in Canada. In 1921 married his first wife and

moved to Paris. In Paris he continued to write for the Toronto Star as a foreign


During his stay in Europe through the 1920's, Ernest was influenced by eccentric

writers like Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound their literary compression. Hemingway's use of

these methods in short stories and novels...