American Gentleman of the Week – Ernest Hemingway

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October 24, 2012 by pfrancis207

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One of the great American authors of the 20th century, Hemingway’s novels and shorts stories transcended perceptions of the day for what one could do with words. His crisp yet aggressive writing style was made famous by such works as “The Sun Also Rises”, “A Farewell to Arms”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and his magnum opus, “The Old Man and the Sea”.

Born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois on July 21st, 1899, Hemingway worked as a reporter in Kansas City, MO following high school before enlisting in the military and being sent to Italy during World War I. Upon his return home, Hemingway married his first wife and was soon back across the pond, moving to Paris to work as a foreign correspondent. It was here that he met the writing ex-patriate community that would come to be known as “The Lost Generation”. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Hemingway, much like his longtime friend and rival F. Scott Fitzgerald, came to define American literature in the 20th century up until his death in 1961 from suicide. Hemingway’s characters embodied many of the ideals of the Great American Gentleman: tough, hard boiled, manly men (typically in a war time setting), yet also capable of more avuncular posturings (a la “Old Man and the Sea”).

An American icon and a Great American Gentleman, Ernest Hemingway continues to cast a very long shadow on the writing community, as he probably will from now until cockroaches inherit the Earth. For all things Hemingway, please check out this wordpress blog I discovered, http://sunalsorises.wordpress.com/

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