Ernest Hemingway

Ernest's Writing Career | Agnes von Kurowsky | "The Star" | Historical Significance | Bibliography

Ernest Hemingway was a very talented man. Hemingway was born in 1988, in Oak Park Illinois. His distinctive writing style was characterized by economy and understatement that influenced the twentieth century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image. Most of his works were published between the mid-1920's and mid- 1950's. Many of his works are classics of American literature. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He later became a reporter for the Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution. He started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at age seventeen. He also won the Nobel prize in literature in 1954.

Ernest's Writing Career

Starting in the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris,which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises in 1926. Farewell To Arms in 1929, was equally as successful. Hemingway used his exeriences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940.) Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea in (1952.) The Old Man and the Sea was the story about and old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat. He won the Pulitzer prize in 1953. Hemingway was forbidden to to join up for the First World War by his father, so he applied for a job as a jornalist and by October,1917, he was employed by the Kansas City Star. Later he lived in a small rented apartment with his friend Carl Edgar, in Agnes Street. Ernest's job on "The Star," was to cover the ''short-stop run'', which entailed the 15th street police station, the union station and the General Hospital.

Hemingway was one of the most famous American writers that lived in the 20th century. He has written novels and short stories about outdoorsmen, expatriates, soldiers, and other men of action. His writing syle became so famous that it was, and still is, frequently misrepresented. He later committed suicide and died on July 2, 1961.After he died, he wa buried in the Ketchum Cemetery in Ketchum, Idaho, the remote town where he had a home (and where he committed suicede.) His memoir of his early life in Paris, "A Moveable Feast," was published in 1964.

Ernest Hemingway

Agnes von Kurowsky

During a few short months during World War one, Hemingway, a lieutenant in the American Red Cross Ambulance Service, had thought his dreams were finally coming true, An American nurse, at 26 years old, made the perfect crush. "She was tall and slender, with chestnut-colored hair, blue-gray eyes, and a very cheerful disposition." remembers Henry Villard, a retired U.S. ambassador. Red Cross nurses were not allowed to date their patients, but Aggie and "the kid", as Agnes called him, had written love notes to one another, had dinners, and possibly more, although Hemingway scholars still debate the extent of their phisical involvement. Agnes had stated in her diary that she had wished he was around her age, as Hemingway talked about what it might be if he was between the ages of 26 and 28. She also stated that he was adorable and that they were congenial in every way. He had written to his parents, who were still in Oak Park, Illinois, "I am in love again."
Agnes later ended up calling it off but that she was still very fond of him. They never saw each other again, but also had never forgotten either.


"The Star"

Ernest had learned alot at the Star but he eventually got bored with the usual news stories and became desperate to see some real action. He yearned to become involved in the First World War. He had a defective left eye and was thought his entry to the forces was not likely to happen because of this deficiency. Although, he learned from another young reporter on "The Star," Theadore Brumback, that he had tried to enlist in the American Field Service and had spent four months driving the ambulances in France, even as he had a bad eye himself. He actually didn't even have an eye, but a glass one to replace it. On Feb. 22, 1918- "The Star" carried a headline that wrote: "Red Cross Calls Men." Also listed: "Four ambulance drivers for Italy." Some stories report that Hemingway had seen the article before it was actually printed in the newspaper and was accepted before over two-hundred other men applied for the position.After only six months being employed as a journalist, Ernest left "The Star" newspaper on April 30th 1918.

Historical Significance

In this section, you will write at least one paragraph (5-7 sentences) answering the following questions:
- Why is this topic significant for the 1920s (or later)?
- Would the 1920s have been the same without this topic? Why or why not?