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Facts about Ernest Hemingway For Kids

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist.His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

  • Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously.
  • After high school, he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers.
  • His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).
  • The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s “Lost Generation” expatriate community.
  • Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
  • Later Ernest Hemingway would say that he disliked his name, which he “associated with the naive, even foolish hero of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest”.
  • Hemingway helped Ford Madox Ford edit the The Transatlantic Review, which published works by Pound, John Dos Passos, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and Stein, as well as some of Hemingway’s own early stories such as “Indian Camp”.
  • He was joined there by Dos Passos and in November 1930, after bringing Dos Passos to the train station in Billings, Montana, Hemingway broke his arm in a car accident.
  • Hemingway was present at the Normandy Landings wearing a large head bandage but, according to Meyers, he was considered “precious cargo” and not allowed ashore.
  • Among Hemingway’s grandchildren, grand daughters Lorian Hemingway and Joan Hemingway are both novelists; grand daughters Margaux Hemingway and Mariel Hemingway have achieved success as actors in films; and grandson John Hemingway has written a critically acclaimed memoir, Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir.