On the 21st of July, 1899, American journalist and novelist Ernest Miller Hemingway was born. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, the writer gained admiration not only for his unique style of writing, which he coined as the Theory of Iceberg, but also for his adventurous lifestyle and controversial public image. With seven novels, six collections of short stories and two non-fiction works published during his lifetime – plus ten other volumes posthumously – he significantly influenced the 20th-century fiction and is considered one of the greatest figures in American literature.
To celebrate the anniversary of the author who succeeded in conveying powerful, evocative messages in a terse style and inspired later generations to say more with less, we created the Ernest Hemingway Timeline, which summarizes his tumultuous life and prolific work.
Starting his career as a newspaper reporter, Mr. Hemingway retained the minimalist style of journalism and ingeniously used it in his literary creations. The action-packed plots and the sap of his novels stemmed not so much from his imagination, but his very own thrilling life as a solider, wartime correspondent and incurable traveler. At only 18 years old, Hemingway received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery for saving dozens of lives as a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War I. Having learned to hunt, fish and camp in childhood, he also had a tremendous passion for outdoor adventure, which would take him to exotic parts of the world – fishing in the Caribbean or on safaris in Africa.
His effervescence would lead him to experience extreme situations that often put his life in danger and took a toll on his physical and mental health. Given that he took part in the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944, was repeatedly injured in his hunting expeditions, and survived two successive plane crashes, his famous “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” makes so much sense.
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