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Ernest Hemingway from Vanity Fair.
A cartoon showing Hemingway as a Spanish bull-fighter

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Ernest Hemingway Was Born
July 21, 1899

After high school, Hemingway worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star before signing up to fight in World War I. Unable to take up regular military duty because of a bad eye, he worked as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy. After he was badly injured, he stayed in a Milan hospital where he fell in love with his nurse, and wrote A Farewell to Arms (1929). Do you know the titles for any of Hemingway's other books?

Hemingway lived in Europe for many years. He traveled to Spain often and became a passionate fan of bull-fighting. He also wrote about bull-fighting. In 1953 The Old Man and the Sea, the story of a fisherman in a battle with a giant fish, won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and in 1954 Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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