The Life of Ernest Hemingway

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On July 21, 1899 Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Cicero (Oak Park), Illinois. Clarence and Grace Hemingway, Ernest’s parents, raised him and his five siblings in the suburbs and spent time at their cottage in northern Michigan. This is where Ernest learned his love of the outdoors. His father taught him to row a boat, start a fire, clean and cook a fish, make a wild-onion sandwich and handle a gun (Reef, 2009). In high school Hemingway began to write for his school newspaper Trapeze and Tabula. After graduating he became a journalist for the Kansas City Star. Working as a journalist helped form his distinctively strip down writing style (biography.com). He wrote in short declarative sentences and used vigorous english. In 1918, Hemingway went Italy during the first world war and served the red cross as an ambulance driver for the Italian army. He served in the red cross for thirty-four days until he was wounded on July 8, while delivering cigarettes, chocolate, and postcards to Italian soldiers (infobase) by a trench mortar shell. He was sent to a hospital in Milan and had 227 shell fragments removed from his leg. In the hospital Hemingway met nurse Agnes von Kurowsky who he quickly fell in love with. The relationship was short lived and its devastating end provided inspiration for one his most famous works, A Farewell to Arms. After Italy, Hemingway moved to Toronto and became a journalist for the Toronto Star. While working for the star he traveled to Chicago, where

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