Ernest Hemingway

"We can't ever go back to old things or try and get the old kick out of something or find things the way we remembered them. We have them as we remember them and they are fine and wonderful and we have to go on and have other things because the old things are nowhere except in our minds now" (Hemingway 1923) One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Hemingway continues to have a remarkable attraction. Born in 1899 near Chicago, he published his first book in 1923 - Three Stories and Ten Poems. In what is probably his most famous book, A Farewell To Arms, Hemingway describes his time as a military ambulance driver in Italy where he was wounded and ended up in hospital and in love with his nurse Agnes von Kurowsky.

He was a highly competitive man who relished big game hunting, bull fighting and heavy drinking. He was also amazingly accident prone and seems to have survived several plane crashes. But, Hemingway never found contentment in life, and after moving from place to place, finally took his own life in 1961.

If you want to find out more about Hemingway, get hold of a copy of Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (Orion ISBN 0-75283-706-0) or read his Farewell To Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls or Death In The Afternoon - some of his best works. In these days of new men and political correctness, Hemingway stands out not as a man you can admire, but certainly as one of the more interesting characters in the world.

Published Works

1923 Three Stories & Ten Poems (published in Paris)

1924 in our time [sic] (published in Paris)

1925 In Our Time

1926 Torrents of Spring

1926 The Sun Also Rises

1927 Men Without Women

1929 A Farewell to Arms

1932 Death in the Afternoon

1933 Winner Take Nothing

1935 Green Hills of Africa

1937 To Have and Have Not

1938 The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories

1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls

1942 Men at War: The best War Stories of All Time (edited and with introduction by Hemingway)

1950 Across the River and Into the Trees

1952 The Old Man and the Sea

1964 A Moveable Feast 1967 By-Line: Ernest Hemingway

1986 The Garden of Eden

1987 The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

1999 True At First Light

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