Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899. His interest in writing began at a young age and he edited and wrote for his high school’s newspaper. After leaving school he worked for the Kansas City Star newspaper before he volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in World War One.
After the war Hemingway worked again as a journalist but he also wrote fiction. His first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems, was published in 1923 and his first novel, The Torrents of Spring, three years later. He went on to write the classics, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, and to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Sadly, he suffered with his mental health and he committed suicide in 1961.
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