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Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three of his novels, four short-story collections, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he was a reporter for a few months for The Kansas City Star before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).

In 1921, Hemingway married Hadley Richardson, the first of four wives. They moved to Paris where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s’ “Lost Generation” expatriate community. His debut novel The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926. He divorced Richardson in 1927 and married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War, where he had been a journalist. He based For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) on his experience there. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated after he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. He was present with the troops as a journalist at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris.

Hemingway went on safari to Africa shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), where he was involved in two successive near-fatal plane crashes that left him in pain and ill-health for much of the rest of his life. In 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho where he ended his own life in mid-1961.

The New York Times wrote in 1926 of Hemingway’s first novel, “No amount of analysis can convey the quality of The Sun Also Rises. It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame.”The Sun Also Rises is written in the spare, tight prose that made Hemingway famous, and, according to James Nagel, “changed the nature of American writing.”In 1954, when Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, it was for “his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”

Henry Louis Gates believes Hemingway’s style was fundamentally shaped “in reaction to [his] experience of world war”. After World War I, he and other modernists “lost faith in the central institutions of Western civilization” by reacting against the elaborate style of 19th-century writers and by creating a style “in which meaning is established through dialogue, through action, and silences—a fiction in which nothing crucial—or at least very little—is stated explicitly.”

Because he began as a writer of short stories, Baker believes Hemingway learned to “get the most from the least, how to prune language, how to multiply intensities and how to tell nothing but the truth in a way that allowed for telling more than the truth.”Hemingway called his style the iceberg theory: the facts float above water; the supporting structure and symbolism operate out of sight. The concept of the iceberg theory is sometimes referred to as the “theory of omission”. Hemingway believed the writer could describe one thing (such as Nick Adams fishing in “The Big Two-Hearted River”) though an entirely different thing occurs below the surface (Nick Adams concentrating on fishing to the extent that he does not have to think about anything else). Paul Smith writes that Hemingway’s first stories, collected as In Our Time, showed he was still experimenting with his writing style. He avoided complicated syntax. About 70 per cent of the sentences are simple sentences—a childlike syntax without subordination.

Jackson Benson believes Hemingway used autobiographical details as framing devices

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about life in general—not only about his life. For example, Benson postulates that Hemingway used his experiences and drew them out with “what if” scenarios: “what if I were wounded in such a way that I could not sleep at night? What if I were wounded and made crazy, what would happen if I were sent back to the front?”Writing in “The Art of the Short Story”, Hemingway explains: “A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit.”

The simplicity of the prose is deceptive. Zoe Trodd believes Hemingway crafted skeletal sentences in response to Henry James’s observation that World War I had “used up words”. Hemingway offers a “multi-focal” photographic reality. His iceberg theory of omission is the foundation on which he builds. The syntax, which lacks subordinating conjunctions, creates static sentences. The photographic “snapshot” style creates a collage of images. Many types of internal punctuation (colons, semicolons, dashes, parentheses) are omitted in favor of short declarative sentences. The sentences build on each other, as events build to create a sense of the whole. Multiple strands exist in one story; an “embedded text” bridges to a different angle. He also uses other cinematic techniques of “cutting” quickly from one scene to the next; or of “splicing” a scene into another. Intentional omissions allow the reader to fill the gap, as though responding to instructions from the author, and create three-dimensional prose.

Hemingway habitually used the word “and” in place of commas. This use of polysyndeton may serve to convey immediacy. Hemingway’s polysyndetonic sentence—or in later works his use of subordinate clauses—uses conjunctions to juxtapose startling visions and images. Benson compares them to haikus. Many of Hemingway’s followers misinterpreted his lead and frowned upon all expression of emotion; Saul Bellow satirized this style as “Do you have emotions? Strangle them.”However, Hemingway’s intent was not to eliminate emotion, but to portray it more scientifically. Hemingway thought it would be easy, and pointless, to describe emotions; he sculpted collages of images in order to grasp “the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always”.This use of an image as an objective correlative is characteristic of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Proust. Hemingway’s letters refer to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past several times over the years, and indicate he read the book at least twice.

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Ernest Hemingway Quotes – Quote Wallpaper

When you start to live outside yourself, it's all dangerous.

When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.

In order to write about life first you must live it.

In order to write about life first you must live it.

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

Never confuse movement with action.

Never confuse movement with action.

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

All thinking men are atheists.

All thinking men are atheists.

Write drunk; edit sober.

Write drunk; edit sober.

I drink to make other people more interesting.

I drink to make other people more interesting.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use.

Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it’s not much use.

Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.

Life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.

Being against evil doesn't make you good.

Being against evil doesn’t make you good.

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.

Death is like an old whore in a bar--I'll buy her a drink but I won't go upstairs with her.

Death is like an old whore in a bar–I’ll buy her a drink but I won’t go upstairs with her.

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