Meet the Author

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, the son of a doctor and a music teacher, was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Hemingway's father taught him early on how to hunt and fish, two activities Hemingway loved throughout his life.

Instead of going to college, Hemingway became a reporter for the Kansas City Star. Later, in Europe, he briefly drove an ambulance for the Italian army until he was wounded and shipped home, where he again wrote for newspapers. Two years later, he moved to Paris, where he hoped to improve his writing. There he became friends with other American writers, including Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hemingway developed a style of writing that was simple and direct. He chose words sparingly, avoided using adjectives, and trusted the reader to understand the meaning of his prose. As he put it, "I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven eighths of it under water for every part that shows." This style continues to influence writers today. In his career, which lasted some 40 years, Hemingway earned the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and a reputation as one of the finest writers of the twentieth century.

Hemingway was married four times and had three sons. He died in 1961.


For a while Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West, Florida, where he had nearly 50 cats. One of them was a cat with six toes, which a ship's captain had given him. Today his Key West home is a museum, and about 60 cats still live there. Some of them are descendants of Hemingway's original six-toed cat.

Ernest Hemingway
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Other Books Written by Ernest Hemingway

  • Three Stories and Ten Poems
  • In Our Time
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Men Without Women
  • Winner Take Nothing
  • Death in the Afternoon
  • The Green Hills of Africa
  • To Have and Have Not
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • A Moveable Feast
  • Islands in the Stream
  • True at First Light