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Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961. Early Life Born in raised in Oak Park, Illinois “the town where the saloons end and the churches begin” “a town of wide lawns.

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1 Ernest Hemingway

2 Early Life Born in raised in Oak Park, Illinois “the town where the saloons end and the churches begin” “a town of wide lawns and narrow minds” Affluent, conservative, traditional town; now a suburb of Chicago

3 Hemingway’s Parents Father: Physician who came from a respectable family. Great outdoorsman; Hemingway’s love for nature comes from his father Suffered from depression and eventually committed suicide Mother: “a personality who could not be ignored” She was an opera singer and music teacher who also composed and published music Dressed Hemingway as a girl

4 Hemingway as a boy & young man Very athletic: football, cross country, boxing, swimming, water polo Read widely, both classics and popular books of the day Never went to college Became a newspaper reporter: Said he “learned to write a simple, declarative sentence” from the experience

5 Hemingway’s War July 8, 1918: Hemingway severely wounded when trench mortar exploded nearby Received some 130 pieces of shrapnel below the waist, including machine gun pellets

6 Hemingway the novelist While living in Paris, by 1922 he had begun his first novel Hemingway developing his craft as a writer during this period, becoming friends with the American expatriates in Paris In 1925, meets F. Scott Fitzgerald Between , Hemingway becomes a well-known writer Becomes a public celebrity during this period of his life, struggles to maintain a balance between his public life and his desire to preserve his integrity and talent as a writer.

7 Hemingway’s Later Life Injured in a plane crash while on safari in 1953; his output diminished significantly after this accident. Increasingly prone to depression; suffered from cirrhosis. Committed suicide in 1961.

8 Hemingway’s Style The iceberg theory of omission in writing: “I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven- eighths of it under water for every part that shows.” What seems to be the story, might be very different from the actual meaning. by omitting certain parts of a story, a writer actually strengthens that story. The writer must be conscious of these omissions and be writing true enough in order for the reader to sense the omitted parts. When the reader senses the omitted parts, a greater perception and understanding for the story can be achieved.


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