Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest M. Hemingway was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His writings had a notable influence on the development of the century's fiction. As an American novelist and journalist, his writing style was distinguished by economy and understatement. He also narrated the lives of the "Lost Generation" through his simple dialogue. Hemingway lived a pretty good social life. He had several romances and influenced many people throughout his lifetime. Some of his stories and protagonists were even said to be projections of his own character, mainly men who must show "grace under pressure." His books include: The Sun Also Rises (1926), The Old Man and The Sea (1952), and A Moveable Feast (1964). Ernest settled his fame when he committed suicide in 1961.

Born on July 12, 1899 in Illinois, Ernest was one of six children being raised by their physician father, Clarence, and musical mother. Ernest's mother, Grace, hoped that he would follow in her musical interests.

She had great talent and aspired to an opera career and earned money giving voice and music lessons. She taught him about culture, took him to operas, concerts, art galleries, and even dressed him femininely. This was due to the fact that she could not bear twins. However instead he adopted his father's interests to be outdoors, fishing, and hunting. Many of these activities are later reflected in his books. The Hemingways had a summer house in northern Michigan, and the family would spend the summer months there. His experiences at Walloon Lake sparked the fact that nature would be the touchstone of Hemingway's life and work. Ernest grew up in a upper middle class suburb, Oak Park, only ten miles from Chicago. He later stated it as a town of, "wide lawns and narrow minds." The people would...