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      HEMINGWAY, ERNEST MILLER (1899−1961), one of the most popular and influential American writers of the 20th century, who gained fame primarily for his novels and short stories. Born in Oak Park (Illinois) in the family of a doctor. He grew up in Oak Park and studied at local schools, but usually his name is associated with northern Michigan, where he spent the summer months as a child and where several of his most famous stories unfold.

      In school years he was actively involved in sports. After graduating from school, he left home forever and became a reporter in the Kansas newspaper Star, where he gained valuable writing skills and could give college essay writing services. Repeatedly tried to enter the military service, but because of the damage received in the youth, his eyes were recognized as unfit every time. Hemingway nevertheless ended up in World War I as a driver of a Red Cross ambulance.

      In July 1918, he was seriously wounded near Fossalta di Piave in Italy and was subsequently awarded the Italian medal. After his dismissal, he went to be treated in Michigan, but soon again went to Europe as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star newspaper. He settled in Paris and there, encouraged by Gertrude Stein, E. Pound and others, decided to become a writer. The memory of this period is dedicated to his posthumously published book Feast, which is always with you (A Moveable Feast, 1964). It contains both autobiographical notes and portraits of contemporary writers.


      Hemingway's several early tales from his first significant collection, In Our Time, 1925, indirectly reflected childhood memories. The stories attracted the attention of critics in a stoic tone and an objective, restrained manner of writing. The following year, Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises, saw a light - frustrated and beautifully composed portrait of the “lost generation”. Thanks to the novel, which tells about the hopeless and aimless wanderings of a group of expatriates in post-war Europe, the term “lost generation” (its author is Gertrude Stein) has become commonplace. Equally successful and equally pessimistic was the next novel, Farewell to Arms (A Farewell to Arms, 1929), about an American lieutenant deserting from the Italian army and his English sweetheart who was dying in childbirth.


      The first triumphs were followed by several less visible works — Death in the Afternoon, 1932 and Green Hills of Africa, 1935; the latter is an autobiographical and comprehensive account of the hunt for large animals in Africa.


      Afternoon death is dedicated to bullfight in Spain, in which the author sees a tragic ritual rather than a sport; a second work on the same topic, The Dangerous Summer, was only published in 1985.


      In the novel To Have and Have Not, 1937, which takes place during the economic depression, Hemingway first spoke about social problems and the possibility of concerted, collective action. This new interest brought him back to Spain, torn by civil war.


      In his personal life, Hemingway was characterized by the same activity that the heroes of his books showed, and part of his fame, he owed all sorts of non-literary adventures. In recent years, he owned a manor in Cuba and houses in Key West (pc. Florida) and in Ketchum (pc. Idaho). In Ketchum, Hemingway died on July 2, 1961, shooting himself with a gun.

      The central characters of Hemingway novels and some stories are very similar and received the collective name “Hemingway Hero”. A much smaller role is played by the “Hemingway heroine” - an idealized image of a disinterested, complaisant woman, a beloved hero: Englishwoman Katherine Farewell, arms, Spanish Maria in Whom the bell tolls, Italian Renata in Beyond the river, in the shade of trees. A slightly less clear, but more significant image, which plays a key role in Hemingway’s works, is a person who embodies what is sometimes called the “Hemingway Codex” in matters of honor, courage, and steadfastness. Hemingway's literary reputation is largely based on the style of his prose, which he honed with great care.

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