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Ernest Hemingway

Birthdate: 21. July 1899
Date of death: 2. July 1961
Other names: Ernst Hemingway, Ernest Miller Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, 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. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms .

In 1921, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. He published his debut novel, The Sun Also Rises, in 1926. After his 1927 divorce from Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War, where he had been a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls . Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. He was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea , Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of his remaining life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba , and in 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where he killed himself in mid-1961.

Works

A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
Death in the Afternoon
Death in the Afternoon
Ernest Hemingway
The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden
Ernest Hemingway
Islands in the Stream
Islands in the Stream
Ernest Hemingway
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Ernest Hemingway
True at First Light
True at First Light
Ernest Hemingway
To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway
The Torrents of Spring
The Torrents of Spring
Ernest Hemingway
88 Poems
88 Poems
Ernest Hemingway
Men Without Women
Men Without Women
Ernest Hemingway
Che Ti Dice La Patria?
Ernest Hemingway
Fathers and Sons
Ernest Hemingway

„All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book A Moveable Feast

Source: A Moveable Feast (1964), Ch. 2
Context: I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."

„I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?“

—  Ernest Hemingway

No source in Hemingway's works has been found. May have originated in a 2000 post to the Usenet group alt.support.depression. link https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.support.depression/wYH4aCNHyp4/_d50yuXTeHsJ
Disputed

„There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.“

—  Ernest Hemingway

Variant: There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.

„The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book Men Without Women

Disputed
Source: Claimed to be from Men Without Women, but it does not appear in that work. May have originated in a 2011 blogpost by Marc Chernoff entitled 30 things to stop doing to yourself http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

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„Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut!“

—  Ernest Hemingway

From a set of "rules for life" sent to publisher Charles Scribner IV; quoted in Scribner's memoir In the Company of Writers (New York: Scribner, 1991), p. 64 https://books.google.com/books?id=yYdHGtlgIsYC&pg=PA64&dq=hemingway+%22rules+for+life%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-zvyfgNDMAhUJ_mMKHU6zDrYQ6AEIIzAB#v=onepage&q=%20%22rules%20for%20life%22&f=false

„All thinking men are atheists.“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book A Farewell to Arms

Source: A Farewell to Arms (1929), Ch. 2

Citát „Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.“

„Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.“

—  Ernest Hemingway

Introduction to Treasury of the Free World (1946)
Source: Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference
Context: An aggressive war is the great crime against everything good in the world. A defensive war, which must necessarily turn to aggressive at the earliest moment, is the necessary great counter-crime. But never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.

„But man is not made for defeat... a man can be destroyed but not defeated.“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book The Old Man and the Sea

Variant: A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Source: The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

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