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Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21 1899 in Oak Park Illinois His father was the owner of a prosperous real estate business His father Dr Hemingway imparted to Ernest the importance of appearances especially in public Dr Hemingway invented surgical forceps for which he would not accept money He believed that one should not profit from something important for the good of mankind Ernests father a man of high ideals was very strict and censored the books he allowed his children to read He forbad Ernests sister from studying ballet for it was coeducational and dancing together led to hell and damnation Grace Hall Hemingway Ernests mother considered herself pure and proper She was a dreamer who was upset at anything which disturbed her perception of the world as beautiful She hated dirty diapers upset stomachs and cleaning house they were not fit for a lady She taught her children to always act with decorum She adored the singing of the birds and the smell of flowers Her children were expected to behave properly and to please her always Mrs Hemingway treated Ernest when he was a small boy as if he were a female baby doll and she dressed him accordingly This arrangement was alright until Ernest got to the age when he wanted to be a gun-toting Pawnee Bill He began at that time to pull away from his mother and never forgave her for his humiliation The town of Oak Park where Ernest grew up was very old fashioned and quite religious The townspeople forbad the word virgin from appearing in school books and the word breast was questioned though it appeared in the Bible Ernest loved to fish canoe and explore the woods When he couldnt get outside he escaped to his room and read books He loved to tell stories to his classmates often insisting that a friend listen to one of his stories In spite of his
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