The 1929 novella “A Farewell to Arms” earned Ernest Hemingway widespread recognition in the literary world. It was based partly on his experience as a soldier and ambulance driver in his younger days.
A string of successful titles followed, such as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and the award-winning “The Old Man and the Sea.”
He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with the latter in 1953, contributing to his Nobel Prize in Literature a year later.
His lucid writing style strongly influenced British and American fiction in the 20th century. In addition to novels, Hemingway was also noted for his masculinity.
His adventurous life stories inspired many of the themes in Hemingway’s works. His death, on the other hand, was as tragic as any.
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway was believed to have killed himself in his home in Ketchum, Idaho. His wife was the first to discover the body.
No one knows precisely why the author committed suicide, but there were some indications he had suffered from depression and alcoholism.
10 /10 Wounded And Decorated Soldier
Long before his writing years, Ernest Hemingway had been in various jobs. One of his first was as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star, and then World War I got underway.
He joined the American ambulance unit deployed to the Italian front. Later, he would move on from the position of an active soldier in an Italian infantry regiment.
He was wounded in battle and twice decorated. During World War II, he was once again sent to the battlefield but as a reporter.
9 /10 Not An Easy Trade
Considering his previous professions, anybody would assume being an author was relatively comfortable work. That said, Hemingway, himself once mentioned only fools thought writing was an easy trade.
He had an expressive flavorful writing style that scores of authors emulated. Throughout his life, Hemingway was married four times; he had three sons by the first two.
His last wife was Mary Welsh, a journalist, and author, whom he married in 1946. The couple would travel the world together until his death 15 years later.