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Was Ernest Hemingway Afraid of Spies?

Ernest Hemingway is regarded as one of the greatest 20th century novelists of his time. Some of Hemingway's most popular works were A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea, the latter of which won a Pulitzer Prize.

Hemingway began his writing career as a journalist and later transitioned to writing novels after being mentored by Gertrude Stein, who introduced him to many great writers.

Even though he had a very successful writing career, Hemingway became troubled mentally and physically later in life. Paranoid about being watched by the US government, Hemingway once underwent 11 electric shock treatments. Hemingway's paranoia and depression eventually led to his suicide on July 2, 1961. He was 61.

More about Ernest Hemingway:

  • A frequent traveler, Hemingway survived multiple planes crashes.
  • Hemingway married four different women in his lifetime and was rumored to have had several mistresses.
  • Hemingway was known for his adventurous spirit, he enjoyed bullfighting, big game hunting in Africa and deep sea fishing.
Discussion Comments
By anon992255 — On Aug 26, 2015

It is very unfortunate that electric shock treatment could not help Hemingway but I vividly hope he could have been wrongly diagnosed. His multiple weddings and pool of mistresses could have been responsible for his depression. His personality and background history are helpful in those instances. RIP Hemingway.

By anon992254 — On Aug 26, 2015

Any serious student of editing for for print media must read some of Hemingway's novels to acquire good writing skills marked by a sense of brevity-shortness, conciseness and quickness in delivery of message. Hemingway never wastes words. He celebrated short sentences and short paragraphs. He had the gift of tracing a full point or period as soon as possible. Sadly, most of us find it hard to trace a period, and instead our sentences keep winding with comas.

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