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Most scholars call him the greatest American writer of the 20th century Some even go as far as saying that he was the greatest American writer ever What do we really know about him We know that he was a philandering macho drunk with a temper whose new kind of direct prose set him apart from the pack But what made him that way What made him tick Lets trace back the steps of Ernest HemingwayThe story begins in Oak Park Illinois a suburb of Chicago Hemingway was born on July 21 1899 in a religious but artistic household He grew up loving nature and outdoor activities whereas school wasnt something he lived for except for English classes of course Upon his high school graduation in 1917 Hemingway had dreams of joining the fighting men of World War I His father opposed his decision but that didnt stop the young man from trying to enroll He applied to the Army on a number of occasions but was always rejected on account of a faulty eye He decided instead to go with his second choice and became a junior reporter for The Kansas City Star a prominent newspaper of the era His job was to cover the crime beat reporting on what went on at the hospitals police stations and train stations It was during that time that he learned how to write succinctly Six months after having started at the newspaper he saw an ad before it was printed It urged young men to join the Red Cross and become ambulance drivers The physical requirements werent as strict as in the Armed Forces and he was accepted He got a taste of war in Italy evacuating the wounded from the battlefield On July 8 1918 Austrian artillery hit the young man The injuries were so severe that he had to be hospitalized in Milan In spite of over 200 scars on his right leg
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