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Three months after Hemingway was released from the Mayo Clinic, when he was back in Ketchum in April , Mary "found Hemingway holding a shotgun " in the kitchen one morning. She called Saviers, who sedated him and admitted him to the Sun Valley Hospital; from there he was returned to the Mayo Clinic for more electroshock treatments.

Two days later, in the early morning hours of July 2, , Hemingway "quite deliberately" shot himself with his favorite shotgun. Mary called the Sun Valley Hospital, and a doctor quickly arrived at the house who determined Hemingway "had died of a self-inflicted wound to the head".

Mary was sedated and taken to the hospital, returning home the next day where she cleaned the house, and saw to the funeral arrangements and travel arrangements. Bernice Kert writes that at that time it "did not seem to her a conscious lie when she told the press Ernest's death had been 'accidental'. Family and friends flew to Ketchum for the funeral, officiated by the local Catholic priest, who believed Hemingway's death accidental. Hemingway's behavior during his final years had been similar to that of his father's before he killed himself; [] his father may have had the genetic disease hemochromatosis , due to which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration.

At its base is inscribed a eulogy Hemingway wrote for a friend several decades earlier:. It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame. Henry Louis Gates believes Hemingway's style was fundamentally shaped "in reaction to [his] experience of world war". Because he began as a writer of short stories, Baker believes Hemingway learned to "get the most from the least, how to prune language, how to multiply intensities and how to tell nothing but the truth in a way that allowed for telling more than the truth.

Hemingway believed the writer could describe one thing such as Nick Adams fishing in "The Big Two-Hearted River" though an entirely different thing occurs below the surface Nick Adams concentrating on fishing to the extent that he does not have to think about anything else.

About 70 percent of the sentences are simple sentences —a childlike syntax without subordination. Jackson Benson believes Hemingway used autobiographical details as framing devices about life in general—not only about his life. For example, Benson postulates that Hemingway used his experiences and drew them out with "what if" scenarios: What if I were wounded and made crazy, what would happen if I were sent back to the front?

If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless.

The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit. The simplicity of the prose is deceptive. Hemingway offers a "multi-focal" photographic reality. His iceberg theory of omission is the foundation on which he builds. The syntax, which lacks subordinating conjunctions , creates static sentences.

The photographic " snapshot " style creates a collage of images. Many types of internal punctuation colons, semicolons, dashes, parentheses are omitted in favor of short declarative sentences. The sentences build on each other, as events build to create a sense of the whole.

Multiple strands exist in one story; an "embedded text" bridges to a different angle. He also uses other cinematic techniques of "cutting" quickly from one scene to the next; or of "splicing" a scene into another.

Intentional omissions allow the reader to fill the gap, as though responding to instructions from the author, and create three-dimensional prose. Hemingway habitually used the word "and" in place of commas. This use of polysyndeton may serve to convey immediacy. Hemingway's polysyndetonic sentence—or in later works his use of subordinate clauses—uses conjunctions to juxtapose startling visions and images. Benson compares them to haikus. Hemingway thought it would be easy, and pointless, to describe emotions; he sculpted collages of images in order to grasp "the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always".

Eliot, James Joyce, and Proust. The popularity of Hemingway's work depends on its themes of love, war, wilderness and loss, all of which are strongly evident in the body of work. Fiedler believes Hemingway inverts the American literary theme of the evil "Dark Woman" versus the good "Light Woman". Feminist critics attacked Hemingway as "public enemy number one", although more recent re-evaluations of his work "have given new visibility to Hemingway's female characters and their strengths and have revealed his own sensitivity to gender issues, thus casting doubts on the old assumption that his writings were one-sidedly masculine.

The theme of women and death is evident in stories as early as " Indian Camp ". The theme of death permeates Hemingway's work. Young believes the emphasis in "Indian Camp" was not so much on the woman who gives birth or the father who kills himself, but on Nick Adams who witnesses these events as a child, and becomes a "badly scarred and nervous young man". Hemingway sets the events in "Indian Camp" that shape the Adams persona.

Young believes "Indian Camp" holds the "master key" to "what its author was up to for some thirty-five years of his writing career". Those who face death with dignity and courage live an authentic life. Francis Macomber dies happy because the last hours of his life are authentic; the bullfighter in the corrida represents the pinnacle of a life lived with authenticity.

Emasculation, according to Fiedler, is a result of a generation of wounded soldiers; and of a generation in which women such as Brett gained emancipation. This also applies to the minor character, Frances Clyne, Cohn's girlfriend in the beginning in the book.

Her character supports the theme not only because the idea was presented early on in the novel but also the impact she had on Cohn in the start of the book while only appearing a small number of times. In "Alpine Idyll" the "unnaturalness" of skiing in the high country late spring snow is juxtaposed against the "unnaturalness" of the peasant who allowed his wife's dead body to linger too long in the shed during the winter.

The skiers and peasant retreat to the valley to the "natural" spring for redemption. Susan Beegel has written that some more recent critics—writing through the lens of a more modern social and cultural context several decades after Hemingway's death, and more than half a century after his novels were first published—have characterized the social era portrayed in his fiction as misogynistic and homophobic. Hemingway's legacy to American literature is his style: Benson believes the details of Hemingway's life have become a "prime vehicle for exploitation", resulting in a Hemingway industry.

Salinger , although Hemingway masked his nature with braggadocio. In a letter to Hemingway, Salinger claimed their talks "had given him his only hopeful minutes of the entire war" and jokingly "named himself national chairman of the Hemingway Fan Clubs.

The extent of Hemingway's influence is seen in the tributes and echoes of his fiction in popular culture. Montblanc offers a Hemingway fountain pen, and a line of Hemingway safari clothes has been created. Entrants are encouraged to submit one "really good page of really bad Hemingway" and winners are flown to Italy to Harry's Bar. In , Mary Hemingway established the Hemingway Foundation and in the s she donated her husband's papers to the John F.

In , a group of Hemingway scholars gathered to assess the donated papers, subsequently forming the Hemingway Society, "committed to supporting and fostering Hemingway scholarship. Almost exactly 35 years after Hemingway's death, on July 1, , his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway died in Santa Monica , California. Three houses associated with Hemingway are listed on the U. National Register of Historic Places: His boyhood home, in Oak Park, Illinois, is a museum and archive dedicated to Hemingway.

Family tree showing Ernest Hemingway's parents, siblings, wives, children and grandchildren. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Hemingway disambiguation. Ernest, Hadley, and their son Jack "Bumby" in Schruns , Austria, , just months before they separated.

Hemingway and Mary in Africa before the two plane accidents. Hemingway at a fishing camp in His hand and arms are burned from a recent bushfire; his hair was burned in the recent plane crashes.

Opening statement of Nobel Prize acceptance speech, [recorded privately by Hemingway after the fact]. If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.

The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. In the late summer that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels.

Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the trees. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

Marcelline ; Ursula ; Madelaine ; Carol ; and Leicester See "Hemingway legacy feud 'resolved'". Retrieved April 26, The Kansas City Star.

Retrieved November 30, Retrieved July 11, Reprinted in Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph, ed. Conversations with Ernest Hemingway. Retrieved April 14, Interviewed by Alice Hunt Sokoloff. Archived from the original on Published at Baker, Allie June 28, In this clip, Alice Sokoloff asks Hadley if she remembers how the name 'Papa' began, which was sometime during their years in Paris.

Retrieved July 11, — via The Guardian. Retrieved December 10, Retrieved July 11, — via NYTimes. Hemingway Is Well Remembered". Retrieved July 11, — via LA Times. The New York Times. In the same year, his first son, John, was born in Toronto. Busy supporting a family, he became bored with the Toronto Star, and on January 1, , Hemingway resigned.

The Hemingways decided to live abroad for a while, and, following the advice of Sherwood Anderson, they settled in Paris. Anderson gave Hemingway a letter of introduction to Gertrude Stein. She became his mentor and introduced Hemingway to the "Parisian Modern Movement" then ongoing in Montparnasse Quarter. Hemingway's other mentor was Ezra Pound, the founder of imagism. He was so impressed with Pound that he considered giving him the Nobel Prize gold medal.

Hemingway later said of them: Gertrude was always right. A tragedy became an unexpected boon when Hemingway's manuscripts, including A Farewell to Arms were stolen at Gare de Lyon. In re-writing A Farewell The second version was a great deal less ornate. Hemingway compressed his prose to its bare essentials, related in a nearly journalistic, matter-of-fact style. These features would become essential components of Hemingway's style. The publication of The Sun Also Rises was met with acclaim and success.

Hemingway's style rocked the literary scene when it first appeared: It seemed simple on the surface, but was revolutionary in a time when Victorian writing with neo-Gothic decorations still governed the literary world. He divorced Hadley and married Pauline. Because of his Roman Catholic faith, some conflicts of conscience arose, but these were eventually overcome.

Hemingway's father committed suicide using an old Civil War era pistol. He couldn't bear the burden of his incurable illnesses. This suicide was doubtless a great pain to Hemingway, who may have been ashamed by the "cowardice" of the act.

Crosby was a friend from Hemingway's Paris days. Hemingway drew heavily on his own World War 1 experiences for his second major work, A Farewell To Arms, published in The novel details the romance between Frederic Henry, an American soldier and Catherine, a British nurse, ending with her death in labor.

By this time, Hemingway was no longer in love with Sister von Kurowsky and had divorced Hadley. The intense labor pains of his second wife, Pauline, inspired Catherine's labor in the novel. Having published the successful A Farewell to Arms, the years of financial struggle were ending. Ernest Hemingway was now an author of worldwide renown, happy with Pauline and financially independent.

Many of the novel's characters are based on real-life persons, like Helen Ferguson, who inspired Kitty Cannell, and the priest, who was based on Don Giuseppe Bianchi, the priest of the 69th and 70th regiments of the Brigata Ancona.

A mystery is the character Rinaldi, who had already appeared in "In Our Time". A Farewell to Arms has been criticised as a male fantasy through and through, a kind of ambulance driver's wet dream: Lieutenant Henry always seems to know what to do and say. Women are attracted to him. Italians embrace him as they would a native. Nurse Barkley falls for him so much she thinks of little else. Nobles want to play billiards with him. Henry is always in grave danger, yet he always escapes. The entire novel is built on this kind of fantasy.

Still, it remains an important work. His books sold very well and were approved by critics, but with Hemingway's success came bad behavior. Scott Fitzgerald how to write, and told Allen Tate that there was a fixed number of orgasms a man had. He also claimed Ford Madox Ford was sexually impotent. This was perhaps a hint of Hemingway's own sexual neurosis.

In return, Hemingway himself was criticized--and, some claim, bothered by the criticism. The journal Bookman attacked him as a dirty writer.

McAlmon, the publisher of his first, non-commercial book said, according to Fitzgerald, Hemingway was "a fag and a wife-beater" and that Pauline was a lesbian. She claimed Hemingway had derived his prose style from her own and from Sherwood Anderson's, and that this shameful origin was "yellow".

Max Eastman was even more confrontational in his attacks, suggesting that Ernest "come out from behind that false hair on the chest". Eastman would go on to write an essay entitled Bull in the Afternoon, a parody and a satire of Death In the Afternoon , a book dear to Hemingway. It is worth noting that these attacks on Hemingway's pride and talent were accompanied by the already-mentioned injuries which kept him almost constantly in poor physical shape.

I wish I were more of an expert in art, but I do know Cezanne believed in using big bold brush strokes. His painting of Saint Victoire mountains could have been done with on an iPhone. Strong strokes construct the landscape like Lincoln logs. Hemingway believed each word was a brush stroke on the page.

He used few adjectives. His prose is full of action, not decor, and so when an occasional bit of color is revealed, it fills in the whole image.

The good news is, Hemingway had lots of advice for other writers. Which of his tips will you try in your writing next? You have always written before and you will write now.

The blue-backed notebooks, the two pencils and the pencil sharpener a pocket knife was too wasteful , the marble topped tables, the smell of early morning, sweeping out and mopping, and luck were all you needed.

Write the truest sentence that you know. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

It was in that room too that I learned not to think about anything that I was writing from the time I stopped writing until I started again the next day. That way my subconscious would be working on it and at the same time I would be listening to other people and noticing everything. Ernest Hemingway to F. Up in that room I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline.

I was learning very much from him but I was not articulate enough to explain it to anyone. Besides it was a secret. This book began magnificently, went on very well for a long way with great stretches of great brilliance and then went on endlessly in repetitions that a more conscientious and less lazy writer would have put in the waste basket.

It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything. But afterwards, when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again.

I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written.

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Agnes von Kurowsky and Ernest Hemingway, Milan, Italy, Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library; After recuperating at home, Hemingway renewed his efforts at writing, for a while worked at odd jobs in Chicago, and sailed for France as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.

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Ernest Hemingway was now an author of worldwide renown, happy with Pauline and financially independent. Many of the novel's characters are based on real-life persons, like Helen Ferguson, who inspired Kitty Cannell, and the priest, who was based on Don Giuseppe Bianchi, the priest of the 69th and 70th regiments of the Brigata Ancona.

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22 books based on votes: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. The great American novelist and short story writer Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21 in Oak Park, Illinois. A war veteran and foreign correspondent for international papers and magazines, Hemingway’s life and work are defined by travel, adventure, masculinity, weakness, nobility, and love.

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Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, , in suburban Oak Park, IL, to Dr. Clarence and Grace Hemingway. Ernest was the second of six children to be raised in the quiet suburban town. His father was a physician, and both parents were devout Christians. Hemingway's childhood pursuits fostered the. Watch video · A short story by Ernest Hemingway has been published for the first time nearly six decades after his suicide. Ernest M. Hemingway Ernest Hemingway Full Name When he wasn't writing.