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Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21st 1899 He was the son of Dr Clarence Edmonds and Grace Hall Hemingway He grew up in a small town called Oak Park Illinois Hemingway was brought up in a somewhat conservative household by his parents who pushed the value of politeness and religion It wasnt until he began English classes in school that his writing talent began to shine After he graduated from high school Hemingway turned his back on university and he decided to move to Kansas City It was there where he got his first job as a writer He was a reporter for the Kansas City Star The Star was the first to introduce to him the news writing format which demands brief to the point sentences and the smooth flowing of ideas It seems that Hemingway adapted this style to his fiction writng Hemingway demonstrates this talent in a short story called A Clean Well-Lighted Place When he was 19 Hemingway enlisted in the army He was rejected due to a defective left eye He then turned to the Red Cross in which he became a second lieutenant The Red Cross brought him to the front lines of the war in Italy It was here where he saw many disturbing sights which probably had a hand in shaping his character After extensive injuries from the war Hemingway returned unhappily to Oak Park The impression left on him by his participation in the war had greatly changed him He began living at home again but refused to get a job even when his mother ordered him to Soon she kicked him out and he moved to Chicago Here he made a living writing for the Toronto Star and working as a sparring partner for boxers While he was in Chicago he met his first wife the young and innocent Elizabeth Hadley Richardson
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