Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E = ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

A writer who refined the sentence and the word to its essence.  His name was Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway working on For Whom the Bell Tolls

E = Ernest Hemingway, Author, Journalist
Theme - Authors AtoZ

Ernest Miller Hemingway, born July 21, 1899, and died July 2, 1961, was an American writer of novels and short stories, supplementing that with journalistic articles. Most of his work was written between the mid 1920s and the mid 1950s. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. His published work included seven novels, six short story collections and two nonfiction works. Additional work was published posthumously including one of my favourites, A Moveable Feast.

In the early 1920s, Hemingway married the first of four wives, Hadley Richardson. They moved to Paris, where he became a member of the expatriate community and the 'Lost Generation'. He met Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and Ezra Pound, three whom he would befriend. 

Women were drawn to the author, and it seemed there was always someone waiting in the wings . . .when each marriage fell apart. Stein also introduced Hemingway to the artists and writers in the Montparnasse Quarter. There he met Picasso, another of Stein's favourites, and other influential artists. 

Ernest Hemingway, passport photo 1923 - PD

In 1939, Hemingway sank into depression  as his literary friends began to die: that year William Butler Yeats and Ford Madox Ford; in 1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald; in 1941 Sherwood Anderson and James Joyce; in 1946 Gertrude Stein; and the following year in 1947, Max Perkins, Hemingway's long-time Scribner's editor and friend.

In the 1950s, Hemingway suffered from the two plane crash/explosion accidents he had sustained in Africa, and became bedridden for a time. He was suffering from high blood pressure, liver disease, and arteriosclerosis by 1956. In November 1956, while in Paris, he recovered trunks he had stored in the Ritz Hotel in 1928 and never retrieved. The trunks were filled with notebooks and writing from his Paris years. Excited about the discovery, he returned to Cuba in 1957, and began to shape the drafts he had found into his memoir, A Moveable Feast. Hemingway had recurring bouts of illness and may have been suffering from a family condition which had affected other members of his birth family.

Fast forward to 1961. On July 2, 1961, Hemingway's sad death made all the news networks, and left a gap in the writing world. As he had predicted at his father's death by suicide, he did choose the same way to exit this world. At the time however, the press was told it was an accidental death, but later, his wife Mary revealed the truth. 


Are you a fan of Hemingway? Which novel do you like best? If you are not a fan - why not? 

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A to Z Challenge

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge

References: Wiki on Ernest Hemingway

Image: Hemingway's 1923 passport photo

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 List of his books I have read: For Whom the Bells Toll, To Have and to Have Not, The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast, A Farewell to Arms. I've reviewed several of these under the book review tabs at the top of my blog page.