Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961

Residence (city, state, or region):
Born in Oak Park, Illinois. Died in Ketchum, Idaho. Lived in Paris, Madrid, and Key West in between.


What’s this person best known for?
Ernest Hemingway is best known in the literary world for his distinct writing style and his adventurous personality. He is considered one of the classics of American literature.
Race/Ethnicity/Religion (if important):
Caucasian American

Hemingway was not actively involved in politics.

Major Activities in the 1930s:
Ernest Hemingway spent the majority of the 1930s summering in Wyoming and spending his winters fishing in Key West, Florida. In 1936, Hemingway went to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War.

Major Works (include dates and place of publication where applicable):
The Sun Also Rises (1926)
A Farewell To Arms (1929)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
The Old Man and the Sea (1951)

Places where figure’s work often appears (magazines, radio, nightclubs, galleries):
The majority of Ernest Hemingway's works can be found in libraries and bookstores, as well as in American literature textbooks.

Organizations s/he belongs to, causes s/he supports:
During World War I, Hemingway showed support by joining the Red Cross and drove an ambulance. During the Spanish Civil War, he worked as a war correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance.

Best sound bites by or about this figure, including source (if this person is a writer, you must include a quote by him or her):
"A man can be destroyed but not defeated"

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn"

Was this person a popular or critical success?
Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the greatest classic American authors and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Any Gossip?
During World War II, Hemingway was closely monitored by the FBI because of his alleged contact with Fidel Castro. In fact, Castro respected Hemingway's fishing abilities since he frequented the fishing holes around Cuba.

Fun Facts to Know and Tell:
Fidel Castro gave much praise to Ernest Hemingway for his fishing skills, not literary skills.

Titles of the 1-3 “texts” (writing, photos, songs, etc.) by this person you’ll discuss in your paper (include date and place of publication, if applicable):

1. The Sun Also Rises (1926)

2. A Farewell To Arms (1929)

3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

What primary research have you done?
Have researched books, newspaper clips, and photographs that are accessible through the TCU library.

Connections with other parlor figures:
Hemingway formed a "fishing crew" while in Key West that included Waldo Pierce, John Dos Pasos and Max Perkins.

Works Cited:

Baker, Carlos (1972). Hemingway: The Writer as Artist (4th ed.). Princeton University Press.

Fiedler, Leslie (1975). Love and Death in the American Novel. New York: Stein and Day.

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