Ernest Hemingway Biography
Ernest Hemingway was the hard living all action American writer who believed you should only write about what you are prepared to experience first hand. After leaving school in 1916 he courted ambitions to enlist for WW1 and in the meantime he took a job at a local Kansas City newspaper where he remained because the U.S. army rejected his application due to poor eyesight.
Desperate to go by any means Hemingway got recruited as an ambulance man and was sent to the Italian front in 1918. It was here he learned of his own mortality when he suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs, but before he received any medical attention he assisted wounded Italian soldiers in a deed that was to earn him great recognition and the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery.
Nothing prepares anyone for war, let alone an 18 year old boy like Hemingway and while his injuries kept him hospitalised long after the the armistice was signed he returned home a man who took time to adjust to the horrors he had witnessed.
He wrote articles for the Toronto Star and they gave him a position as foreign correspondent stationed in Paris. He adored the Parisian life and the 1920's was a great time to be stationed in a city full of some of the worlds most creative minds such as James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Ezra Pound to name but a few.
The experience he gained inspired him in his writing as in his 1943 novel "For Whom The Bell Tolls" was based on his experience at the front in the Spanish civil war. As a war correspondent he went on to write articles during WW2, he was in one of the landing crafts at Omaha Beach for the D day landings in Normandy and marched with the troops liberating the city of Paris which he loved so much.
He was a mans man who called a spade a spade and was prepared to stick up for what he believed in. Hemingway once had a disagreement with Orson Welles over one of his scripts that escalated into a full blown fist fight which inevitably ended up with both men hugging each other and cracking open a few bottles of Scotch whiskey.
In 1954 he suffered the unfortunate luck of being involved in 2 plane crashes within the space of 2 days while vacationing in Belgian Congo. He managed to survive albeit with some severe injuries and then had the bemusing experience of reading his own obituaries as he had been reported killed in the 2nd plane accident.
He lived his life to the fullest and he wrote his books much the same way making him one of the outstanding American authors of the 20th century. He was never short of a word or 2 either, so this is my compilation of 20 of the best Ernest Hemingway quotes
Quotes About Ernest Hemingway
Author James Joyce spoke highly of his friend:
"He's a big powerful peasant, as strong as a buffalo. A sportsman. And ready to live the life he writes about. He would never have written it if his body had not allowed him to live it. But giants of his sort are truly modest; there is much more behind Hermingway's form than people know"
New York Times critic Orville Prescott said this about him in 1952:
"The master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else"
Literary critic C. Hugh Holman said this of the great novelist:
"It was Hemingway's art, rather than the internationally notorious public figure, which had so stretched the boundaries of our world"