Earnest Hemingway Biography

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Ernest Hemingway Biography

Ernest Miller Hemingway is one of the most celebrated authors in American history. Born in Illinois in 1899, Hemingway grew up to experience both World War I and World War II, and like many other authors of the lost generation, Hemingway's writing was greatly influenced by his experiences there. Whilst best known for his collections of short stories and novels, he was also a distinguished journalist, spending most of his life traversing around the globe covering news stories. His public image was that of an adventurer and as a very masculine individual. He lived a very boisterous life, marked by his heavy drinking, partying, and the rapid rate of which he went through wives. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, and still remains influential today.

Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father, a practitioner, and his mother, a housewife, were strict Congregationalists.

Despite their stringent rules and practices, Hemingway led a fairly normal, happy, upper-middle-class childhood. As he grew older he began to feel bitter towards his parents, especially his mother, "…Whom he viewed as selfish and domineering" (DISCovering Authors). He was educated in public schools in the greater Chicago area, but it was his summers off that had the greatest influence on him. He spent most summers on Wallon Lake in Upper Michigan, where he gained an appreciation for hunting and adventuring. The love he developed on Wallon Lake for adventuring will follow him throughout life, influencing many of his works and life choices. As a teenager, Hemingway began an interest in literature, and he started writing short stories and poems. Eventually he gained his own weekly column in his high school newspaper filled with his works.

After graduating, Hemingway continued writing...