Ernest Hemingway –
was born in Illinois.
His family took him as a boy on frequent hunting and fishing trips and so
acquainted him early with the kinds of virtues, such as courage and endurance
which were later reflected in his fiction. After high school, he worked as a
newspaper reporter and then went overseas to take part in the World War I.
After the war he lived for several years in Paris, where he became a part of a group of
Americans who felt alienated from their country. They considered themselves a
lost generation. It was not long before he began publishing remarkable and
completely individual short stories. The year he left Paris he published the powerful novel, "The
Sun Also Rises”. His subjects were often war and its effects on people, or
contests such as hunting or bullfighting, which demand stamina and courage.
style of writing is striking. His sentences are short, his words simple, yet
they are often filled with emotion. A careful reading can show us; furthermore,
that he is the master of the pause. That is, if we look closely, we see how the
action of his stories continues during the silences, during the times his
characters say nothing. This action is often full of meaning. There are times
when the most powerful effect comes from restraint. Such times occur often in
Hemingway’s fiction. He perfected the art of conveying emotion with few words.
In contrast to the Romantic writer
who often emphasizes abundance and even excess, Hemingway is a Classicist in
his restraint and understatement. He believes, with many other Classicists that
the strongest effect comes with an economy of means.