Ernest Hemingway is a noble prize winner America novelist and inspirational writer. He was born in America in the year 1898. He was greatly recognized in his lifetime for exceptional work in the field of literature. His exemplary work as a novelist and writer remains to be an inspiration for people till the present times. The one thing that was pretty evident from his writing was that he encouraged masculinity over feminism a great deal. His writings also revealed all his adventures that he enjoyed during his lifetime. His unique style of writing remains to an inspiration for American and British writing, even in the 21st century. His work has been recognized and acknowledged not only in his lifetime but after his death as well. In addition to the Noble prize, he is also the recipient of many other noble awards such as the Pulitzer Prize for his work on ‘The old man and the sea’. He is one of the most widely celebrated America writers in history.
Early life and childhood
Ernest Hemingway is a world renowned America-native writer and novelist. He was born in Illinois in July of 1898. His father was a professional physician while his mother was a stay-at-home wife who was very religious and deeply involved with the matters of the church. They were both catholic. His parents played an active role in early years of life to introduce Ernest Hemingway to new things and skills. However, the involvement of is mother and father was a little too much than what should be termed healthy. As a result, his early years of life were spent struggling to find is own identity. His father often persuaded him to him on medical tours. However, he did not seem to be interested in medical at all and was more interested in the writing of which his father was not supportive of at all. His torn childhood experiences with his parents later went on to become the inspiration for his first short story. He titled this story to be ‘The doctor ad doctor’s wife’. His father later committed suicide and this left a deep scar on the personality of Hemingway for the rest of his life.
School years were enjoyable for Ernest Hemingway. He was a rather popular and known personality in school and was greatly admired by many because he was exceptionally well in studies as well as active in other activities. As a potentially skilled scholar and athlete, there was enough reason for him to be admired. Whilst any other boy would have enjoyed all the attention, the case was a little different for Hemingway who remained distant and depressed. He also attempted to run away from home twice to escape the terrible and restricted life at home.
Military life experience of Ernest Hemingway
It was in the year 1918 when Ernest Hemingway went abroad to serve in the World War I. This was the time when the first ever war on such a mega scale was being fought. All countrymen of the involved countries in the warfare were being sent out to serve in the battlefields for the safety, honor, and dignity of their respective country. Ernest Hemingway was no exception. He was sent out to serve in the World war I as the ambulance driver for the Italian army. He was committed and dedicated to the job that had been assigned to him. Ernest Hemingway valiantly did his job amazingly during the war and even received the honorary silver medal by the Italian army for his services. However, soon after becoming the recipient of the honorary medal he was several injured. On an immediate basis, Ernest Hemingway was hospitalized in a health and care center based in Milan.
During his stay in the hospital for his treatment, he bonded with a nurse who was taking care of him. The nurse named Agnes Von Kurowsky w became the lady Hemingway fell in love with during this hard time in his life. He proposed her for marriage, thinking she is the one but unfortunately things did not work out to be exactly as he had planned. Even though she accepted his proposal for marriage, she later ran off with another man. Ernest Hemingway was left heartbroken but as it is known; hearts breaks become the foundations for some great writings. The same happened for Hemingway. This failed love encounter later became his inspiration for ‘A very short story’ and also ‘A farewell to arms’.
He was still injured and not fully recovered from his wounds of war when he decided he did not want to stay in Italy where the memories of a failed love would haunt him any longer. Still young and heartbroken after the unfortunate incident, a 20-year-old Ernest Hemingway went to the United States of America again. This time, however, his intention was to escape from the pain of his war memories. In order to do so, he accepted at a local job at the Toronto Star. This was a local publication house that was just starting off and this was where he worked for quite some time. It was during his working years at the Toronto Star when he first met Hadley Richardson. Soon they both fell in love and married. After the wedding, they decided to move to France. Ernest Hemingway however, did not quit his job and rather started working as an international writer for the Toronto Star.
Life and work in European region
After he shifted to Paris with his wife, he actively began working on his writings. This was a period that was later referred to as the ‘Lost generations’ and Ernest Hemingway was playing his role for the revival of the lost. During his years in Paris, Ernest Hemingway became fast friends and started socializing within a large circle of literary laureates, writers, and novelists. He is famously known to be on particularly good terms with other popular names of the generation such as Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound.
This was also the time when Ernest Hemingway’s family with Hadley was expanding. Together they both had a son. By the time his son was born, Ernest Hemingway has a become a notable name in the world of literature. He was also a regular attendee of several literature festivals held all around the world. However, progress in the professional life did not seem to go well in sync his personal life. Soon he divorced his first wife. This was after the publication of his novel ‘The sun also rises’. While personally, it was not a great time for him, the novel became one of his most wide successes and remains to be so until present times.
His divorce to Hadley was sighted to be due to hiss extramarital affair with a woman named Pauline Pfeiffer. Pauline went one to become the second wife and mother of all other children of Ernest Hemingway. After the birth of his second son, they couple moved back to the US. They stayed in the US till his voyage to Africa.
Struggles in last years of life
The journeys and expeditions of Ernest Hemingway continued into the last years of his life. He continued traveling further into Africa, despite facing a lot of physical and mental trauma on the way. He suffered severe injuries and even was part of hundreds of airplane crashes. Nevertheless, there was nothing that stopped him from traveling further.
The year 1954 came as a year of blessing for Ernest Hemingway. He won the noble prize for his services in the field of Literature. The noble prize till present day is held to be the biggest honor. This was merely 5 years prior to his death in 1961. This was the highest point of success and popularity in his career, however, he was not able to fully enjoy it. His health was deteriorating rapidly and his mind seemed to be getting weaker more than his body. He managed to recover from all the physical injuries he had endured during his various ventures but his mind did not seem to be able to recover from the trauma. As a result, Ernest Hemingway started to suffer from severe and prolonged periods of depression. At the same time, his liver healthy seemed to be failing and he became a patient of high blood pressure as well.
Final piece of writing
After receiving the noble prize for literature and despite battling severe mental and physical problems; Ernest Hemingway wrote ‘A moveable feast’. This became to be his final piece of writing before he retired from work. The moveable feast was a book dedicated to all the years he had spent in Paris, France. It was clear to see where the inspiration came from. However, after the publication of the book, Hemingway retired from writing and along with his family shifted to a new home in Idaho.
Death of Ernest Hemingway
Not long had passed since the Hemingway’s had moved into their new home located in Idaho when Ernest Hemingway had to be admitted to the hospital. At that time, the best mental health care center was the Mayo Clinic and Ernest Hemingway was admitted there to get treatment for severe depression and hypertension. During his stay at the Mayo clinic, Ernest Hemingway also received electric shock therapy as a part of his treatment. The purpose of electric shock therapy was to relieve the symptoms of his ‘mental illnesses’. He was left publically humiliated for being termed as a mental patient and the electric shock therapy that he received was the last blow. He was no longer able to write as he used to. Publically embarrassed and frustrated with the present condition of his life, Ernest Hemingway committed suicide. He tragically left the world after shooting himself in the head with the shotgun. Ernest Hemingway died in July 1961.
The legacy of Ernest Hemingway lives on!
There were many writings and works of Ernest Hemingway that were not published in his lifetime because he had started to struggle with his own health problems. There were many writings of his that were not even completed and left incomplete because of his untimely death. All unpublished and incomplete work of Ernest Hemingway was published after his death. His work remains to be alive and his legacy lives on till present date. There is no debate in the fact that Ernest Hemingway is one of the most celebrated, popular and renowned writers. He though lived in the 20th century but he inspires people even in present date and his work remains to be a tribute to the legend that will live on forever.
The work of Ernest Hemingway was iconic. The influence was so vast and great that his work became a foundation for so many aspiring writers. Even young writers today mimic and take inspiration from the great works of Hemingway. His legacy continues to live on not only because of his literary works but all the adventurous expeditions that he undertook during his lifetime. On various occasions in literary gatherings, Ernest Hemingway has been termed immortal because it has been said over and over again that his work will never allow him to fade away.
Literary contribution of Hemingway inspires generations
The literary contributions that Hemingway made as a novelist, revolutionary writer and editor of text are not something that one can overlook. In fact, the contributions that he made to the field of literature are commendable and have become an inspiration for many generations to come. Even people of a present generation are able to find inspirations from the works of Hemingway in various ways. The intelligent men who have a deep understanding of what Hemingway talked about through his great power of words. His notable literary works like ‘The sun also rises’ and ‘The old man and sea’ are great examples of literature that is beyond fantasies and fiction and highlight several other important cultural, economic and political aspects of the framework.