Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Miller Hemingway Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. His father was a medical doctor. His father's name was Clarence and his mother's name was Grace (Hall). They lived in Oak Park, Illinois and were considered middleclass. Hemingway wrote later that his mother was very harsh to him and would dress him up as a girl. He also stated that his mother treated him as if he was his sister, Marcelline, twin. Marcelline was only eighteen months older than him.

He graduated from high school in 1917. Hemingway began working as a junior or "cub" reporter for the Kansas City Star. World War I was just ending, but he wanted to travel to Europe. Therefore, in 1918, he went to Italy as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. Many critics believed that Hemingway experienced two important events in his life while in Italy. One was that he was injured during a mortar explosion.

More than two hundred shell fragments were removed from his leg. While he was recovering, he met his first love. Agnes von Kurowsky was an American nurse that was older than him. Hemingway considered her the only true love of his life and never forgot her. In fact, a couple of years ago, Paramount Studios made a movie about this part of Hemingway's life.

Agnes von Kurowsky ended their relationship after Hemingway asked her to marry him. Hemingway spent many months wandering Europe and writing reports of Europe that were published in America. Finally, in 1921, he married his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Hemingway married four times. Hadley gave birth to three sons before divorcing Hemingway. His oldest son, John, is the father of the actresses Margaux (who died a few years ago of a drug overdose) and Mariel. Many people believed that he...