Ernest M. Hemingway Ernest Miller Hemingway was a novelist and short story writer, who became well known for the passion that he used in all his writings. Many of his works are regarded as classics of American Literature, and some have even been made into motion pictures. The Old Man and the Sea, which is the story about an old Cuban fisherman, was published in 1952. Because of this creation, in 1954 Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He was educated in Oak Park High School and graduated in 1917. After graduating, Hemingway became a reporter for the Kansas City Star. He left his job within a few months to serve as a volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during World War I (1914-1918). After the war he served as a correspondent on the Toronto Star and then settled in Paris. While there, he was encouraged in creative work by the American expatiate writers Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein.
During World War II, Hemingway became a reporter for the United States First Army; although he was not a soldier, he participated in several battles. After the war Hemingway settled near Havana, Cuba in 1958. While Hemingway lived near Havana, Cuba, a friend of his told him about an old man that lived nearby. That's where he got the idea of writing the Nobel Prize short story winner titled, The Old Man and the Sea. The story of the old man that his friend told him about made him think about the sea and the way people go fishing everyday to eat in Cuba. In some parts of this country, fishing is their only way of survival.
By fishing they are able to feed themselves and their families. They also sell fish in order to attain money to purchase any more materials and equipment that they may need in the future. "Hemingway's economical writing style often seems simple and almost childlike, but his method is calculated and used to complex effect." Hemingway provided detached descriptions of action using simple nouns and verbs to capture the scenes precisely in his writing. He avoided describing his characters " emotions and feelings by using this method of writing.
Instead, Hemingway would use small phrases to describe his characters. His writing tried to express a feeling that would capture the readers' attention and help them visualize the scene as if they were really there. He believed that if the writer was actually in the situation that he is writing about, the story would get straight to the point and would eliminate all the little details. Hemingway's style of writing has had an enormous influence on American writers. Many American writers have followed the footsteps of Hemingway and have tried or are now using his method.
Ernest Hemingway had a lot of important thoughts when writing each and every one of his novelettes. He used themes of helplessness and defeat in his original work, but he began to express concern about social problems in the late 1930's. One of his novels, "To Have and Have Not" deals with political injustices. In the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), which deals with the Spanish Civil War, he showed that the loss of liberty anywhere in the world is a warning that liberty is endangered everywhere.
During the next decade Hemingway's literary efforts were Men at War: The Best War Stories of all time (1942), which he edited, and the novel Across the River and into the Trees (1950). In 1954 Hemingway wrote the short story of The Old Man and the Sea with which he won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize in literature. The next year after winning the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In the year of 1961 Ernest Miller Hemingway committed suicide (he shot himself on the head) I think Ernest Hemingway was one of the best novelette writers ever, in fact he is my second favorite author after Christopher Pike. Two of the stories I've read that he wrote are For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea which I read in my World Literature class. While searching on the Internet I found an audio message where Ernest Hemingway said something very interesting: For all true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment.
He Should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with good luck, he will succeed. This quote tries to tell other writers to begin their latest literature with the same passion as the first time they ever wrote a piece of literature. Hemingway believed that every book he wrote was the beginning of his career as a novelist.