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Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist journalist writer of short stories and winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature He created a distinguished body for prose fiction much of which was based on his adventurous life Hemingway was the second of six children of Clarence and Grace Hemingway Upon graduation from Oak Park High School in 1917 he chose journalism instead of college and spent seven educational months as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star Kept from the armed forces by deficient eyesight Hemingway volunteered as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy an experience that was later to provide the theme and locale for one of his most successful novels A Farewell to Arms While serving temporarily as a canteen officer along the Piave River he was severely wounded by shrapnel on July 1918 Following recuperation in Milan he returned home in January 1919 Hemingway was eager to resume his former profession as a journalist so he secured a part time job as a feature writer for the Toronto Star In the fall of 1920 he became contributing editor of a trade journal in Chicago and there he met Hadley Richardson who he married in September 1921 Late in 1923 he returned briefly to Toronto where their son John was born but Europe still gleamed in Hemingways imagination as the place to be Early in 1924 he resigned from the Star returned to Paris and launched his career as a serious writer Hemingway divorced his wife Hadley and married Pauline Pfeiffer in 1927 In 1928 he left Paris for Key West Florida and remained there for 12 years There he completed A Farewell to Arms progress on which was only temporarily inhibited by the birth of his second son Patrick and the suicide of his ailing father The book was published to wide acclain in 1929 Hemingways next work Death in the Afternoon was an exhaustive nonfiction survey of
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