Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Ernest Hemingway
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few ... more »

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  • ''When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Lett...
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  • The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and econ...
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Lett...
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  • ''Personal columnists ... are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat—no matter who killed the meat for him.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Old Newsman Writes: A Letter from Cuba," Esqu...
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  • ''Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, January 5-6, 1932. Published in Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).
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  • ''Never confuse movement with action.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted by Marlene Dietrich in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 1, A.E. Hotchner (1966 edition). "In those fiv...
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(2/28/2016 12:47:00 PM)

    I like Hemingway's blunt writing style.
    like in this poem:

    '' The only man I ever loved
    Said good bye
    And went away
    He was killed in Picardy
    On a sunny day. ''

    - Hemingway simply states: '' He was killed in Picardy ''.. In these few verse, he shows all the bluntness of death... '' On a sunny day ''..


    - my translation into ITALIAN:

    L'unico uomo che abbia mai amato
    Disse addio
    E se ne andò.
    Venne ucciso in Picardia
    In una giornata di sole.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(2/28/2016 12:04:00 PM)

    The poem Killed Paive – July 8,1918 is about Hemingway’s terrible war experience: he was wounded by a mortar shell that day. He was actually the first American wounded on the Italian front, a few weeks before his 19th birthday.

    Killed Paive – July 8,1918

    Desire and
    All the sweet pulsing aches
    And gentle hurtings
    That were you,
    Are gone into the sullen dark.
    Now in the night you come unsmiling
    To lie with me
    A dull, cold, rigid bayonet
    On my hot-swollen, throbbing soul.


    “I go to the front tomorrow, ” the 18-year-old Hemingway wrote home on a postcard from Milan, dated June 9,1918. Wounded seriously in a mortar explosion one month later, he was treated at the American Red Cross Hospital in Milan. (“P.S. Don’t worry, Pop, ” ends one hospital-bed letter home) .

    These are among the experiences that helped shape his World War I novel, 'A Farewell to Arms'.

    (source: Penn State archives) .

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  • * Sunprincess *(7/21/2014 8:03:00 PM)

    ...........happy birthday mr. hemingway! ! !

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  • Assorted Thoughts(12/9/2011 10:28:00 PM)

    My favorite story by Ernest Hemingway
    For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn

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Best Poem of Ernest Hemingway

Advice To A Son

Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,
Never sign a contract,
Never rent a pew.
Don't enlist in armies;
Nor marry many wives;
Never write for magazines;
Never scratch your hives.
Always put paper on the seat,
Don't believe in wars,
Keep yourself both clean and neat,
Never marry whores.
Never pay a blackmailer,
Never go to law,
Never trust a publisher,
Or you'll sleep on straw.
All your friends will leave you
All your friends will die
So lead a clean and wholesome life
And join them in the sky.

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