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Hemingways style left a deep imprint on the landscape of proseIn the years after the First World War the Young Man Who Lived and Loved Hard and Wrote Well revolutionized American literature His prose was a symphony of short strong sonorous sentences His heroes were men broken by the world but left strong at the broken places His women were both strong and weak and they were always very beautiful in their summer dresses The Young Man Who Lived and Loved Hard and Wrote Well lied out of his mouth and told the truth out of his typewriter He defined courage better than any writer ever had before But he died a cowards death by his own hand his brains and blood staining the foyer of a lodge on the slopes of the Rockies one fine Sunday morning in July This is the legend of Ernest Hemingway in 130 words as he might have written it himself if he had been a minor character in one of his own novelsThe doctors son from Oak Park Ill was so perfectly suited to the aborning literary age that perhaps only an education in a college English department could have kept him from becoming the most influential figure in 20th-century writing Instead Hemingway matriculated at age 18 at the Kansas City Star where the style sheet instructed Use short sentences Use short first paragraphs Use vigorous English They were rules he never forgot He picked up other pointers from the King James Bible from dead writers like Mark Twain and Stephen Crane and from living luminaries such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein at whose feet he sat after becoming the Toronto Stars mustachioed 22-year-old correspondent in ParisFor all that the literary style he forged was startlingly original The Victorian tradition which still held sway in many quarters dressed up prose in ornate finery to blunt the starkness of life Hemingway stripped prose to its union suit to
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