Ernest Hemingway lived his life as he wanted. His writing touched the hearts of millions. His sentences were short and to the point but his novels were strong and unforgettable. He wrote about what he felt like writing about. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park Illinois on July 21, 1899.. His parents were Dr. Clarence Edmonds and Grace Hall Hemingway.. His father was a practicing doctor, and later taught him how to hunt and fish. Hemingway did not have a good relationship with his mother.
Hemingway went to Oak Park and River Forest High School, which is where he realized his writing gift. Besides writing, other activities that he loved included swimming, and boxing. When he was 18 years old he had decided on moving to Kansas City instead of going to college. In Kansas City he got a job as a cub reporter on the Kansas City Star. At the train station his father, who latter on in Ernest’s life would commit suicide which would totally disgust Ernest, kissed his son goodbye with tears in his eyes. This exact moment in time would be the soul purpose for a book he wrote called “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. One of the reasons why he wrote that book is because he felt so much older than his father at that time that he could hardly bear it any longer.
While he was at Kansas City he was quiet and kept to himself. His writing style was first introduced by the Kansas City Star. His writing was brief, and to the point. In May of 1918, Hemingway wanted to join the Army but could not due to a defective left eye which he inherited from his mother. Instead of joining the Army he joined the Red Cross.
While he was overseas he was sneaking smokes and chocolate into the soldiers he was hit in the leg by an Austrian machine gun. He also got over a hundred pieces of metal stuck in his body. Even though he was in extreme pain he managed to carry a wounded soldier to safety which was a hundred yards away. For his courageous action he won the Italian Medal of Valor. He spent all of his recovery time at the Ospedale Croce Rossa American, in Milan. His stay in Italy was the perfect place for his novel, A Farewell to Arms. He was allowed to go home after his stay at the American Hospital in Italy. He returned to Oak Hill without any complaints. He lived with his mom until he refused to get a job was kicked out of the house. After that he moved to Chicago and got a job writing for the Toronto Star and was a sparring partner for boxers.
In Chicago that he met a lady named Elizabeth Hadly Richerdson. Hemingway badly wanted to marry her but money was a problem so they moved to Paris. Because he had a child on the way and no real publications, he decided to move back to Canada. It was there that John Hadly Hemingway was born in 1923.
In 1954, he got a Nobel prize for a new book called “The Old Man and the Sea”.
During a plane trip, the plane crashed leaving him with a concussion, paralysis of the sphincter, first degree burns in his face, arm and head, a sprained right arm and shoulder, a crushed vertebra, and a ruptured liver, spleen and kidney. He was in continuos pain for quite a while.
On April 23rd 1961, Ernest tried to kill himself by putting a gun to his head. At about 7:30 a.m. on July 2, 1961, Mary Hemingway, his wife at the time, heard a gun go off in the other room. She hurried towards the sound of the gunshot. Down stairs by the gun rack she saw Ernest with his favorite 12 gauge shot gin whish was laid with silver. That shotgun had been made just for him. After Mary’s shock was over she went over to her neighbors house and told then to call the press. When the press arrived she made an announcement: “Mr. Hemingway accidently shot himself while cleaning a gun yesterday morning at 7:30 a.m. No time has been set for the funeral services, which will be private.”