The Old Man and the Sea-Ernest Hemingway

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About Author:

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was born in Oak Park, IL. As a boy, he began his love for hunting and fishing. One of his first jobs was as an ambulance driver in Italy during WWI. After the war, he continued to live in Europe and experienced the life of an expatriate. One of his most famous novels, The Sun Also Rises, is about the “Lost Generation’s” experiences following the war. Hemingway hunted bear in Wyoming and lions in Africa. He also lived in Key West, FL and loved deep sea fishing. His experiences there helped him write The Old Man and The Sea. This novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. His life included much strife. He was wounded by shrapnel in WWI, some of which was never able to be removed. He was married four times. One of the main themes in his books is what it means to be a man. He is known for his Code Hero, a man who is stoic and stays strong against sometimes unbeatable odds.