The life of Ernest Hemingway.

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Ernest Hemingway's life was the equivalent to the lives of the heroes he created, and his peerless Romanticism forever changed the way the American protagonist would be viewed. "Ernest Hemingway grew up to become one of America's most respected writers, known for his sense of adventure as well as his unique writing style--spare dialogue and short, simple sentences" (America's Story from America's Library 1).

Hemingway's life and fiction stories were mutually comprised of the same elements- war, sports, drinking, brawling, traveling, and loving. However, these constituents did not keep him from mounting the zenith of his craft. Hemingway was the most colorful and most publicized man of his time while also being the most influential American writer of prose in the first half of the century.

"The baby weighed nine and a half pounds and was just an inch short of two feet. He had a strong cry, which his parents agreed was definitely a boy's cry.

The Hemingway's had wanted a boy" (Lyttle 3). Ernest Hemingway was born July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Chicago. He was the second of six children born at his grandfather's house on North Oak Park Avenue. When Hemingway was just seven weeks old, the family moved to Bear Lake, which his father had acquisitioned the summer before.

His parents were Dr. Clarence Edmonds and Grace Hall Hemingway. As a toddler Ernest esteemed words and picture books, he also took pleasure in naming the birds and animals that he knew in them. Hemingway was not christened until October first at the First Congregational Church. He spent most of his juvenile years on the shore at Bear Lake where he caught his first fish at the age of three. At the age of six,

Hemingway's grandfather died. The Hemingway family chose to sell the...