Hemingway, Ernest

Novelist Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, began his writing career as a journalist and continued writing nonfiction—dispatches, long-form pieces, and memoir—for the rest of his career. Although he occasionally made derisive comments about journalism and its practitioners, he also acknowledged the role his reporting played in forging his distinctive and oft-imitated style.

Early Life

Born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, Ernest Miller Hemingway was the son of a physician, Clarence Hemingway, and Grace Hemingway. He was the second of six children and grew up as the only male child until his brother was born 16 years later. He was thus his father’s companion on regular hunting and fishing trips to Michigan, adventures which inspired some of his early short stories.

Journalism Career

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