Ernest Hemingway - Biography
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Commentary by Karen Bernardo
On the surface, Ernest Hemingway may seem an unlikely candidate for a bestselling writer. He was an indifferent
student in high school, excelling primarily in sports; he never went to college.
As an adult, Hemingway lived a life full of physical adventure: running with the bulls in Pamplona, shooting
wild game on safari in Africa, deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida, participating in WWI, the Spanish
American War, and WWII. By all accounts, he was a hard-drinking man who loved women and hated weakness. He shot
himself at the age of sixty-two rather than face the prospect of growing old.
But the distinctive types of male characters he created, in addition to his sparse, lean prose, struck a
resonant chord with his contemporaries. Hemingway clearly saw his generation -- individuals who came of age on the
killing fields of Europe during World War I -- as 'lost,' looking for identity in an world that no longer worked
according to traditional expectations. Although today Hemingway is often seen as chauvinistic, we can still
appreciate his characters as stoic, brave, and true to themselves in a world that was falling apart.
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