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Ernest Miller Hemingway

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States
Death: July 2, 1961 (61)
Ketchum, Blaine, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Ketchum, Blaine, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr Clarence Edmonds (Ed) Hemingway and Grace Ernestine Hemingway
Husband of Mary Hemingway
Ex-husband of Elizabeth Hadley Hemingway; Pauline Marie Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn
Father of John "Jack" Hadley Nicanor Hemingway; Patrick Hemingway; Gregory "Gloria" Hemingway and Baby Hemingway
Brother of Marcelline H Sanford; Ursula (Ura) Jepson; Madelaine (Sunny) Mainland; Carol (Beefy) Gardner and Leicester Clarence Hemingway

Occupation: Novelist, Writer, Journalist, author
Managed by: Nancy Hartz
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About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 — July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. He was part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris, and one of the veterans of World War One later known as 'the Lost Generation', a term Gertrude Stein used according to his posthumous memoir A Moveable Feast. ("'That's what you are. That's what you all are,' Miss Stein said. 'All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.'" Stein had overheard a garage owner use the phrase to criticize a mechanic.) He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.


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2 July 1961, Ketchum, Idaho, United States Ernest Hemingway was found dead of a shotgun wound in the head at his home here today. His wife, Mary, said that he had killed himself accidentally while cleaning the weapon. Hemingway's obituary ran on the front page of The New York Times on July 3, 1961

Author. He was born at Oak Park, Illinois, grew up in the Chicago suburbs while spending summers at the families water front home on Bear Lake. Ernest Hemingway was one of six children the son of a strict doctor who gave him a passion for fishing and hunting and a music teacher mother who cultivated a cultural knowledge of music and literature. He spoke often of his ideal, happy childhood. After his high school graduation he began his writing career as a reporter followed by a dangerous lifestyle which bordered on the hair raising. At nineteen, he was almost killed by shrapnel while driving an ambulance in Italy. A wild-game safari in Africa saw him surviving two plane crashes in the African jungle and during the Spanish Civil War he joined the Republic forces as an ambulance driver surviving many close calls. His adventurous life provided him with material for many of his novels: "A Farewell to Arms," "Death in the Afternoon," "The Green Hills of Africa" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," deemed to be his greatest novel. Hemingway is also the author of a remarkable collection of short stories. His book, "The Old Man and the Sea" became a motion picture. The plane crashes, drinking, hard work and play finally took its toll. He settled in Ketchum, Idaho, his favorite hunting area, already suffering from severe depression because of health issues, finances and even the fear of losing his home in Cuba now controlled by the Castro regime. His worries here were groundless, as the Cuban government has preserved everything from his residence and even his fishing boat while constructing a memorial in Cojimar. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner followed in his fathers suicide footsteps imitating him by taking his own life after attending a dinner at a Ketchum restaurant at the age of sixty one. His funeral was a scaled down Catholic service because of his many marriages. His body was transported from the funeral home in nearby Hailey to a small waiting group of his immediate family and about fifty invited friends at the Ketchum Cemetery. Father Robert J. Waldmann, the local priest conducted a brief graveside committal service and the prolific writer was interred. His legacy is probably the best perserved of all American authors. His homes in Key West, Florida , Cojimar, Cuba and Ketchum, Idaho have been saved becoming popular tourist destinations. The postal service has honored him with a commemorative stamp while American schools extol his writings making them required reading. In a bit of trivia...Even though Hemingway was an ardent hunter, he had a soft spot for pets of every description. Legions of cats roamed his Villas and always a dog or two were nestled by his feet. A small dog cemetery located at Museo Ernest Hemingway in Cuba is Testament to his caring nature. His former residence in Key West, Florida, also a museum, is constantly overrun with cats that are direct descendants from his original pets and are always available for adoption. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive))


From nobelprize.orgErnest HemingwayErnest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. After the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.Hemingway - himself a great sportsman - liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969 This autobiography/biography was first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

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Ernest Hemingway's Timeline

July 21, 1899
Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States
October 10, 1923
Age 24
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
June 28, 1928
Age 28
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
November 12, 1931
Age 32
Kansas City, Jackson, MO, United States