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General Information


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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Romance

Born: July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ernest Hemingway was a novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. He is considered to be one of the major American novelists of the 20th Century. Several of his books were adapted for the big screen. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. A little known fact about Hemingway: "In 1918, while serving on the Italian Front as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway was struck by an Austrian mortar shell while handing out chocolate and cigarettes to soldiers in a dugout. He was knocked unconscious and shell fragments entered his entire body, including his head, legs, and hand. After he regained consciousness, Hemingway picked up a badly wounded Italian soldier and carried him to the first aid dugout; he later said he didn’t remember how he got back. He was awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor." (Publishers Weekly, ''7 Authors Who Almost Died'' by Gabe Habash -- May 15th, 2012)

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Old Man and the Sea''''' -- *Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1953

-- *Finalist, National Book Award, 1953 for


-- '''Other Awards and Honors''' -- *Nobel Prize for Literature for his lifetime literary achievements, 1954

-- *Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2012