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Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway!

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. He was a famous American author and journalist, whose economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.


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Here are some interesting facts about him:

  1. In the 1940′s, Hemingway worked closely with the Soviet KGB. He went under the cover name “Argo.” Edgar Hoover and many FBI officials spied on him for much of his later life. Some even claim this added level of pressure deepened his depression and later led him to take his own life

  2. After World War II, he was accused of War Crimes by Geneva surrounding an event where Ernest lead a group of French Militia against the Nazis. He was not convicted

  3. During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times (Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mar Welsh Hemingway)

  4. Hemingway wrote a 6 word short story because of a bar room bet. It read, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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