Ernest Hemingway – 2
A well-known American writer Ernest Miller Hemingway was a man of great
literary talent, and he was also an active fighter against fascism and war. His
whole life and creative work were devoted to that struggle.
Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak
Park, then a small town near Chicago.
When a boy he went in for sports and became a good football player and boxer
.He also spent a great deal in the country together with his father, who taught
him to love and understand nature. Hemingway became fond of reading very early.
He read a lot and himself tried to write articles and short stories for school
paper. Twice he ran away from home,
travelling all over the country and working on farms, in cafes, anywhere he
could find a job. Hemingway realized very early that the world he lived in was
not happy. He saw cruelty and injustice, hated them with all his heart and
wanted to struggle against them. This mood was reflected in one of his early
stories "The Killers”, the young hero of which, called Nick Adams, tries to
protest against cruelty. In this story Nick Adams is brave and active, ready to
help the man in trouble. Young Nick Adams is the hero of a whole series of
stories written by Hemingway, in which the author describes his youth, his love
for nature and books, his hatred of cruelty and injustice.
Hemingway’s biography is closely connected with his creative work. When
Hemingway left school, he took a job as a reporter on a newspaper "Kansas City
Star”. During that time he worked hard and began to master his famous style
which is characterized by the use of simple words and short laconic sentences.
His work on the newspaper didn’t last long. In 1918 the USA entered World War I and Hemingway
volunteered for the American Red Cross troops in Italy. He never tried to avoid
danger and more than once demonstrated his bravery. Even when Hemingway was
badly wounded, he tried to save the life of his fellow soldier by dragging him
away from the battle-field. The wound was serious and Hemingway had to spend
several months in a hospital in Milan.