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July Literary Birthdays


ERNEST HEMINGWAY
American novelist and short-story writer, July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961

Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois; his father, a doctor, took him on hunting and fishing trips in Michigan, the setting of Hemingway's first short stories. In World War I, he served first as an ambulance driver in Italy, then was seriously wounded while serving with the Italian army. In the early 1920s, he worked in Europe as a newspaper correspondent for the Toronto Star, where he met Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound in Paris; this time is chronicled in his memoir, A Moveable Feast (1964). Married four times, Hemingway ended his own life with a shotgun in Ketchum, Idaho.

The Torrents of Spring (1924)
The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Death in the Afternoon (1932)
The Green Hills of Africa (1935)
The Fifth Column (1938)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
Across the River and Into the Trees (1950)
The Old Man and the Sea (1953)
Islands in the Stream (1970)
was published after his death.

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