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Transcript of Ernest Hemingway
Hall of Fame
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Pulitzer Prize, The Old Man and the Sea (1953)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit (1954)
Nobel Prize for Literature (1954)
Top Reporter of the Last Hundred Years, Kansas City Star (1999)
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Ability to convey information to the public:
He wrote novels
He wrote articles for a variety of newspapers, including but not limited to: The Kansas City Star, Toronto Star, and the North American Newspaper Alliance
Was present at D-Day to cover a story
Was present at the Spanish Civil War to cover a story
Moved to Paris and joined the expatriate society
Unique Writing Style
Used the Iceberg Theory
Used the storytelling lede
Had a minimalistic writing style
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
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By Erica Wadley
My thoughts on Hemingway...
“If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.”
Death In the Afternoon
He doesn't go into great detail
He only writes what he thinks is important
He uses hints that not all readers understand
Moved from place to place
Lived in Paris, Cuba, Chicago, Toronto, Key West, and many more
Caused him to frequently lose/misplace his work
Writes about his experiences
His experience with his mom led to his weak depiction of relationships between men and women
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Mammadov, Ruslan. "American Writer Ernest Hemingway's Life Style and Its Influence to His Creative Activity." Academia.edu. Academia, 2009. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.
"Product News." Ernest Hemingway. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
Reilly, Lucas. "3 Interesting Articles from Ernest Hemingway's Newspaper Career." Mental Floss. N.p., 22 Dec. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
Shmoop Editorial Team. "Ernest Hemingway Awards." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 31 Mar. 2014
"Hemingway's Writing Style." The Big Read. National Endowment for the Arts, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014.
Bottom Left: Hemingway with Col. Charles Lanham in Germany, 1944, during fighting in Hürtgenwald
Bottom Right: Hemingway with filmmaker, Joris Ivens and writer, Ludwig Renn in Spain during Spanish Civil War, 1937
Hemingway would have been present at the Battle of the Bulge, 1944, but he was ill with pneumonia
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
Wrote a book devoted to bullfighting
Was a strong advocate for writing the truth
Became a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star because of his love to travel
Ernest Hemingway accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature
Nobel Prize for Literature
The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit
Ability to capture the audience's attention:
His use of dialogue
His use of simplicity in writing
"His hallmark is a clean style that eschews adjectives and uses short, rhythmic sentences that concentrate on action rather than reflection."
Ability to present fair information:
His use of obsessive revising
"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."
"The writer's job is to tell the truth."
"Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers, but he was also one of the worst in depicting life and women. The women in these stories are seen either by a male character or by the husband as controlling and manipulative."
I'm impressed with Ernest Hemingway because he was able to accomplish a simple style, yet he was still able to provide enough information for his reader's to understand. I am also impressed with how he battled through depression to earn a nobel prize.
For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.
“The first and most important thing of all, for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone."
“What do you have to eat?” the boy asked.
“No, I will eat at home; do you want me to make the fire?”
“No, I will make it later on, or I may eat the rice cold.”
Old Man and the Sea
“I had never seen anyone hurt by a thing other than death or unbearable suffering except Hadley when she told me about the things being gone."
~Ernest Hemingway talking of his lost manuscripts
Hemingway at his home in Key West
Hemingway with Fidel Castro
Hemingway with the "Lost Generation" in Paris
Hemingway at his home in Cuba
His job as a foreign correspondent allowed him travel to Europe to cover WW2
His job also allowed him to go to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War