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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 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 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 taught her children to always act with decorum 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 all right 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 schoolbooks 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 As a student Ernest was a perfectionist about his grammar and studied English with a fervor He contributed articles to the weekly school newspaper It seems that the principal did not approve of Ernests writings and he complained often about the content of Ernests articles Ernest was clear about his writing he wanted people to see and feel and he wanted to enjoy himself while writing Ernest loved having fun If nothing was happening mischievous Ernest
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