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Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21 1899 in OakPark Illinois His father was the owner of a prosperous realestate business His father Dr Hemingway imparted to Ernest theimportance of appearances especially in public Dr Hemingwayinvented surgical forceps for which he would not accept money Hebelieved that one should not profit from something important forthe good of mankind Ernests father a man of high ideals wasvery strict and censored the books he allowed his children to readHe forbad Ernests sister from studying ballet for it wascoeducational and dancing together led to hell and damnation Grace Hall Hemingway Ernests mother considered herself pureand proper She was a dreamer who was upset at anything whichdisturbed her perception of the world as beautiful She hateddirty diapers upset stomachs and cleaning house they were notfit for a lady She taught her children to always act withdecorum She adored the singing of the birds and the smell offlowers Her children were expected to behave properly and to Mrs Hemingway treated Ernest when he was a small boy as ifhe were a female baby doll and she dressed him accordingly Thisarrangement was alright until Ernest got to the age when he wantedto be a gun-toting Pawnee Bill He began at that time to pullaway from his mother and never forgave her for his humiliation The town of Oak Park where Ernest grew up was very oldfashioned and quite religious The townspeople forbad the wordvirgin from appearing in school books and the word breast wasquestioned though it appeared in the Bible Ernest loved to fish canoe and explore the woods When hecouldnt get outside he escaped to his room and read books Heloved to tell stories to his classmates often insisting that afriend listen to one of his stories In spite of his mothersdesire he played on the football team at Oak Park High School As
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