Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea By Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 and was educated at public schools. He showed soon a noticeable talent for writing, and at the age of sixteen he became a junior reporter for a Kansas newspaper. His journalistic career was interrupted by the First World War, in which he served in France and Italy as an ambulance driver. After the War he stayed in Europe working as a correspondent for a Toronto newspaper. In Paris he met Ezra Pound, James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, who stimulated his dedication to literary work. It is in this period that his first novels were published. But since he was an adventurous and daring man, the offer of working as a foreign correspondent in Spain during the Civil War enticed him to return to his old profession and took him to the country which was to be so influential on his writing. Here and in Cuba he became devoted to bull-fighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing- sports which are a recurrent theme in his subsequent short stories and novels. His many novels reflect love of nature and sports (hunting, boxing, bull fighting) and give evidence of his deep understanding of the human soul, include such famous works as The Sun Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). In addition he wrote several volumes of short stories and also a play. The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952 and is regarded by many as the finest work Hemingway ever wrote. In 1954 ...

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