Saturday, July 21, 2012

This Day in History July 21, 1899

I will tell you right now that I am not a fan of the person I am featuring today, but there is no doubt of his talent and his legacy.  On this date in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born.  I remember suffering through his stories through high school.  I don't think I have picked up anything by him since then.  Even the movies that are based on his books do not truly intrigue me.

So, I would describe Hemingway's books as being very masculine and celebrating manhood.  He often wrote about soldiers, bullfighters, hunters, etc.  I kind of always thought that is why I did not care for his books.  Yes, he was a great writer--even I can recognize that.  He won two literary awards--Pulitzer and Nobel Prize.  Unfortunately, he suffered from depression, and on July 2, 1961, he committed suicide.  That is the greatest tragedy of all.

If you are interested in watching some videos about him, check out this link.

And if you would like more information about Hemingway, check out the following links:

1 comment:

  1. Strange how one can recognise a great writer whilst not actually enjoying his work.I've never got into his writing either. Apparently one of our great uncles was a great friend of Hemingway's and godfather to his son.
    There are other writers I would rather read though- Dickens, Austen, and less good writers which nevertheless give me much enjoyment.


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