English Composition II
The Ticking Time Bomb Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author who not only sculpted a foundation for many modern writers, but has a life story that is almost one of a fiction novel itself. Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 and died tragically July 2, 1961. It is the story in between those years that have made him the modern day legend that he is today. To name a few of his accomplishments he won a Nobel Prize in Literature, published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fictions pieces. Some of his more famous works include “The Sun Also Rises”, “A Farewell to Arms”, and a short story often read in college, “Hills Like White Elephants”. All this to say Ernest Hemingway was an incredibly gifted writer with a God given talent. He is discussed through-out the world in college classes and by many literary scholars. He is discussed in many different contexts anywhere from his historical significance to controversial life decisions. One topic that must not be over looked is a biographical criticism. The story from his creation to his self-destruction not only helps explain how and why he wrote what he did but also gives more insight to why his writings stood the test of time. Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father was a physician and his mother a musician. Both were well-educated and played a major role in raising the successful writer that they did.