Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Always Rises and Other Works

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Always Rises and Other Works

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Always Rises and Other Works

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Always Rises and Other Works

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"A biography of writer Ernest Hemingway that describes his era, his major works--especially The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea, his life, and the legacy of his writing"--Provided by publisher.

Excerpt

Childhood

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born at 8:00 AM on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Hemingway’s father, Clarence Edmonds “Ed” Hemingway, was a devoutly religious physician. He introduced Ernest to the outdoors when the boy was barely seven weeks old by taking him to the family cottage on Walloon Lake. Ed Hemingway, a tall, strong, bearded man, taught Ernest to hunt and fish and to share his love of the outdoors. Ernest’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, was a talented singer who debuted at New York’s Madison Square Garden, but, after her marriage to Ed, fulfilled her gift by giving music lessons. When Hemingway was an infant, Grace would sometimes dress him in a pink gingham dress and flowered hat to make him and his older sister, Marcelline, appear to be twins.

The Hemingways had summered on Walloon Lake in Petoskey, Michigan, the year before Ernest’s birth. By the time he was born, they had purchased an acre of land and built a cabin on the lake. Grace christened the property “Windemere” in honor of her English heritage. The cabin served as the family’s summer home, where Ernest first learned to hunt and fish and developed an appreciation for wild animals, and where he spent his first eighteen summers.

Ernest uttered his first sentence on St. Patrick’s Day in 1901, and had already demonstrated a propensity for language by inventing nicknames for relatives and toys. He had also begun to behave like a man. According to his mother, when he was still less than three years old, Ernest . . .

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