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Early Life of Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. His father, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, was a physician and his mother, Grace Hall–Hemingway was a musician and both were quite well-educated and well-respected in the community of Oak Park.

The family had the seven-bedroom home, which included a music studio for Grace and a medical office for Clarence. His mother used to perform in concerts at the local places. When Hemingway grown up, he used to hate his mother but he admitted that the music lessons were quite useful to his writing. Later family stayed at summer home called Windemere on Walloon Lake, near Petoskey, Michigan.

There Hemingway indulged himself in various activities such as fishing, hunting, camping in woods and lakes of
Northern Michigan. Hence, right from his childh ood, he developed a great interest in outdoor adventure and living in remote or isolated areas.

Hemingway had his schooling at Oak Park and River Forest High School from the period of 1913 to 1917. There too he used to actively take part in different sports whether it be a boxing, tracking, water polo or football.

He along with his sister named Marcelline performed in school orchestra for two years. The work in the field of writing started from “Trapeze” and “Tabula”, the school’s newspaper and yearbook.

He used to write and edit both; it would also include the imitations of the language used by sportswriters.

Hemingway first gave the direction of his career to journalist rather novelist, just like Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis.

Just after leaving school, he was hired as a cub reporter for “The Kansas City Star”, where he quickly learned that the truth often hangs around below the surface of a story. He worked at the newspaper for six months and it was this experience which let him know that he could be a good writer.

He relied on the Star’s style guide as a foundation for his writing. The short and important lessons that he learned were use of short sentences, use of short first paragraphs, and use of energetic English.

By FW Editor

Tags: writer, ilinois, 1899

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 20 April '10

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