Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899- July 2, 1961) an American novelist, short-story writer and journalist. Born in Oak Park, Illinois. Hemingway adopted his father’s outdoorsman hobbies of hunting, fishing and camping in the woods and lakes of Northern Michigan. The family owned a house called Windemere on Michigan’s Walloon Lake often spending summers vacationing there. These early experiences in close contact with nature instilled in Hemingway a lifelong passion for outdoor adventure and for living in remote or isolated areas.
Hemingway received the Pulitzer prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. During his later life, Hemingway suffered from increasing physical and mental problems and ultimately took his own life.
You can get all the facts at Wikipedia’s entry on Ernest Hemingway and through the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, but we’re hoping that you’ll help us build a better picture on Hemingway – especially his time in and writing about Michigan – by posting links and thoughts in the comments below.
We’re going to feature videos about Hemingway, and the first video explains The Great Michigan Read, a statewide program that seeks to get people in Michigan reading the same story – Hemingway’s posthumous collection The Nick Adams Stories – at the same time. Find out more at the link!