Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway’s son Patrick asked his father to edit a story he had written Hemingway went through the manuscript carefully, then returned it to his son. “But, Papa,” cried Patrick in dismay, “you’ve only changed one word.”

“If it’s the right word,” said Hemingway, “that’s a lot.”


There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

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Biographical Note: 
Ernest Hemingway at campsite in Kenya, 1953

Ernest Hemingway was a U.S. writer. His longer fictional works include The Sun Also Rises (1926) For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). A keen sportsman and hunter, he extolled courage and stoicism in his books, which were written in a simple, terse style. Subject always to severe depressions, he committed suicide in 1961.