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Ernest Hemingway In a time when common things were changing, literature was slowing taking its turn. Authors who were writing during this period were very unique. One such man, Ernest Hemingway, stands out in the history of American literature. Beginning in his early years, including childhood and adolescence, Hemingway was already on his way to becoming one of the greatest authors of all time. He continued his writings after school and wrote many incredible stories and novels and received many prestigious awards. Later in his life, as his will to write seemed to decline, he fell into a terrible stage of depression and tragically ended his life.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899. His father was Dr. Clarence Edmonds Hemingway. Clarence became a general practitioner shortly after receiving his M.D. Clarence married Ernest's mother, Grace Hall, on October 1, 1896. Ernest's parents wanted him to experience traveling, and took him to many places when he was just seven weeks old.

Ernest had many siblings growing up. During the summer of 1900, the Hemingway family decided to stay at their cabin, Windemere, which they had built at Bear Lake. This is where Ernest began his interest in the world, nature, and his surroundings. Shortly after enrolling in school during the fall of 1903, he joined a nature study group his father headed, called the Agassiz Club. Ernest's father was a strict and very religious man. The Hemingway children were not allowed to do any exciting activities on the Lord's Day. He taught Ernest the beauty of nature, and many things that had to do with the wilderness. Ernest's mother however, insisted that her children have a respect for music and art. They were all given music lessons at some point in their lives.