Monday, February 6, 2017

Author Spotlight - Ernest Hemingway

If someone ever asked me to pick my favorite author, I don’t think I would be able to do it. I have too many authors that I enjoy over and over. One of those author’s that I find myself going back to time and time again is Ernest
Hemingway. His books are so classic and full of life.

Hemingway was an incredibly interesting person who lived an incredibly interesting life. His writing career began during high school where he worked on the newspaper. After high school, he went on to work for a Kansas City newspaper. His time as a journalist really helped develop the stripped-down style of writing he is known for.

After World War I, Hemingway met and married his first wife and they moved to Paris. This was during an era of time now known as the “Expatriot Era” of history. Artists were fleeing to Europe left and right looking for that inspiration and free life that European living can offer. It was here in Paris that Hemingway met other famed artists like F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Pablo Picasso.

Hemingway would go on to marry 3 more times and move between Paris, Key West and Cuba. His most well-known works are The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. It was for The Old Man and the Sea that Hemingway finally won a Pulitzer Prize.

Hemingway was never a very healthy person and struggled with old injuries, illnesses and depression throughout his life. Some say this is part of the reason why his books are so good. Others say it is because of the Absinth – his drink of choice. The world will never know as Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

His creative talent could never be denied. When asked about his art, Hemingway famously said:

"From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality."

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