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Pen Name: Ernest Hemingway, at times; he also wrote under the name of Ring Lardner, Jr
Genre: War, Romance
Born: July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois
Died: July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"The good and the bad, the ectasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer." - Ernest Hemingway, "The Old Newsman Writes," Esquire, December 1934
Ernest Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. He is considered to be one of the major American novelists of the 20th Century. Several of his books were adapted for the big screen.
Ernest Hemingway, master of the American novel and short story and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954, grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. None of his works are set in Illinois, but critics have remarked that the central conflicts in his work can be traced to the contrast between Oak Park and the Michegan woods where the family spent summers. His major novels include: The Sun Also Rises (1926), The Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952).
A little known fact about Hemingway:
"In 1918, while serving on the Italian Front as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway was struck by an Austrian mortar shell while handing out chocolate and cigarettes to soldiers in a dugout. He was knocked unconscious and shell fragments entered his entire body, including his head, legs, and hand. After he regained consciousness, Hemingway picked up a badly wounded Italian soldier and carried him to the first aid dugout; he later said he didn’t remember how he got back. He was awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor." (Publishers Weekly, 7 Authors Who Almost Died by Gabe Habash -- May 15th, 2012)
- The Sun Also Rises, 1926 - reprinted in 2006 by Scribner
- A Farewell to Arms, 1929 - reprinted in 1997 by Scribner
- Death in the Afternoon, 1932
- Green Hills of Africa, 1935 - reprinted in 1998 by Scribner
- For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940 - reprinted in 1996 by Scribner
- The Old Man and The Sea, 1952 - reprinted in 1996 by Scribner
- The Nick Adams Stories, Scribner, 1981
- The Garden of Eden, Scribner, 1995
- Across the River and Into the Trees, Scribner, 1996
- A Moveable Feast, Scribner, 1996
- The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition, Scribner, 1998
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Scribner, 1999
- To Have and Have Not, Scribner, 1999
- True At First Light, Scribner, 2000
- Heminway on Hunting, Scribner, 2003
- Islands in the Stream, Scribner, 2003
- Under Kilimanjaro, Kent State University Press, 2005
- Winner Take Nothing, Arrow Books Ltd; New Ed Edition, 2006
- The Torrents of Spring: A Romantic Novel in Honor of the Passing of a Great Race, Arrow Books Ltd; New Ed Edition, 2006
- Hemingway on Fishing, The Lyons Press, 2007
- Death in the Afternoon, Vintage; New Ed Edition, 2007
- The Fifth Column: And Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War, Scribner, 2008
- On Paris (On), Hesperus, 2008
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
- Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and 1953 National Book Award Finalist for The Old Man and the Sea
- Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 for his lifetime literary achievements
- In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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