Ernest Hemingway was one of the most well known writers of his generation. Through his experiences and his internal struggles, he formed characters and stories that are still well known today. Through these characters and stories, he changed literature forever. Ernest Hemingway, a hero through life and literature, has influenced the world with his writing for generations and will continue to influence the generations to come.
Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. His parents were Clarence Edmonds Hemingway and Grace Hall Hemingway, neither of which were writers like their son. His father was a doctor ad his mother was a piano teacher and was probably the source of Hemingway’s early creativity. He started writing stories when he was very young and loved to pretend to be the hero of his own adventures (Simkin). Little did he know, he would eventually become the hero.
When it was time for college, a young Ernest Hemingway had different plans. His father expected him to go to Oberlin College after his high school experience was over, but instead he started his career as a writer early. The Kansas City Star offered him a job that paid fifteen dollars a week, and he accepted. He was a reporter and covered things from interviewing celebrities to crime scenes. While describing his job at the Kansas City Star, Hemingway said, “I covered the short stop run which included the 15th Street Police Station, the Union Station, and the General Hospital. At the 15th Station you covered crime…Union Station was everyone going in and out of town…shady characters…celebrities going through. The General Hospital was where you got accidents and a double check on crimes of violence” (Simkin).
Hemingway has experimented and been published in all different areas of writing. He has written multiple novels, short stories, and nonfiction books, but in the beginning of his career, he was a reporter. After this though, the real start of his career approached when his first novel, Torrents of Spring, came out in 1926. Hemingway’s first collection of short stories, In Our Time, came out the previous year (Simkin). Other novels soon followed, and were largely complimented for how unique and different the style he exhibited was (Ryan 1376). This was the beginning of his career and from here, he will become more and more well known.
Although Ernest Hemingway never actually fought in any, war was undoubtedly one of the greatest impacts in his life. He visited five battlefronts in his life, those of which include the Italian-Austrian front in 1918, Greco-Turkish War in 1922, Spanish Civil War in 1937 and 1938, Second Sino-Japanese War in 1941, and the Allied March through France in 1944 (Moreira). At the age of seventeen, a young Ernest Hemingway attempted to sign up to fight in World War I, but he was turned down because of an eye problem. He then joined the Red Cross and worked as a driver of an ambulance on the frontlines (Simkin). In 1918, while he...