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You really ought to read more books - you know those things that look like This is a paper about Ernest Hemingways short stories The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1938 Hills like White Elephants 1927 Cat in the Rain 1923 The Killers 1927 and A Clean Well-Lighted Place 1933 However to understand Hemingway and his short stories I find it necessary to take a brief look at his life and background first It is not easy to sum up Ernest Hemingways adventurous life in a few paragraphs but Ive tried to focus on the most important things before I started on the analysis of the five short stories Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in oak Park Illinois July 21st 1899 and committed suicide July 2nd 1961 In his lifetime Hemingway managed to write some of the best known novels of our century including books such as The Sun Also Rises 1926 A Farewell to Arms 1929 Death in the Afternoon 1932 and For Whom the Bells Toll 1940 Hemingways first published work was Three Stories and Ten Poems 1923 and then In Our Time 1924 before his fame grew with the publication of The Sun Also Rises in 1926 By that time Hemingway was married and had a child and he was working as a news correspondent in Paris At the age of 18 Ernest Hemingway signed up for the army to fight in World War I but because of his poor vision he was not accepted in the fighting forces After a short span as a reporter in Kansas City he joined the Red Cross as an ambulance driver Three weeks after his arrival at the front Hemingway was wounded and spent nearly six months in convalescing before he returned home to USA and a heros welcome Hemingways experiences in Italy his wounding and recovery later inspired his great novel A Farewell To Arms and also explains some of the dark pessimistic spirit one can
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