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Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park Illinois July 21 1899 Hemingway is known to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century He has written more than one hundred short fiction stories many of them to be well known around the world Some of these short stories had just as powerful an impact as his novels As a young man Hemingway left from his hometown to Europe where he worked for the Red Cross during World War I His time spent there inspired him to write some of his most famous novels Most of which spoke of the horrors of the war Benson xi Hemingways short stories Soldiers Home and Another Country are used to show the damaging psychological and physical effects of World War IHemingway knew first hand the horrors of war In May of 1918 Hemingway became an honorary second lieutenant in the Red Cross but could not join the army because he had a defective left eye Hemingway first went to Paris and soon after receiving new orders he traveled to Milan Italy The day he arrived an ammunition factory exploded and he had to carry mutilated bodies and body parts to a makeshift morgue This was definitely a most terrifying moment for the young Hemingway After being seriously injured weeks later Hemingway found himself recovering at a hospital in Milan After his stay at the American Hospital in Milan Hemingway was relieved of duty Mitran 1 Having no other purpose in Europe he returned unhappily to Oak Park Illinois The impression left on Hemingway by his stay in Italy had changed him profoundly He never really returned to America as an AmericaMeyer 115 When Hemingway returned home from Italy in January of 1919 he found Oak Park dull compared to the adventures of war the beauty of foreign lands and the romance of an older woman He was only nineteen but the war had matured him
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