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Ernest Hemingway

Think back to the last time you wrote something down. Not typed it out but, wrote---with your hands, on a piece of paper, for an extended period of time to complete a thought. Chances are it has been a while. Technology and literature is something we talk a good deal about at the NEA: how readers...
Ernest Hemingway aboard his yacht, Pilar , in 1935. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Almost from the moment he published his first major novel, The Sun Also Rises , in 1926, Hemingway arguably became the most imitated and admired American writer of the century. In 1954, his accomplishments were...
Photo used courtesy of Sookietex. Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms is set in Italy and Switzerland during World War One---a war in which Hemingway himself participated as an ambulance driver. World War One was one of the turning points in modern history. It destroyed the myth of...
Piggott, Arkansas The Pfeiffer-Janes House. Photo courtesy of Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center When Ernest Hemingway married his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, in 1927, he entered into a prominent Arkansas family. The Pfeiffers owned 60,000 acres of land in rural Piggott, which...
Washington, DC By Adam Kampe Ernest Hemingway, 1918, Milan. Wikimedia Commons Image . Ernest Hemingway?s 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms is set in Italy and Switzerland during World War One---a war in which Hemingway himself participated as an ambulance driver. World War One was one of the turning...
Washington, DC Public domain image of Ernest Hemingway in an American Red Cross Ambulance in Italy, 1918. Hemingway's experience in Italy during WWI provided him the material for his 1929 classic, A Farewell to Arms . After WWI, he worked in Paris as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star ...
Washington, DC " Keyed " by derekGavey, via Flickr As anyone who has ever tried their hand at writing knows, sitting down before a blank page is the first step in a series of difficulties, doubts, passions, and exhilarating bursts of inspiration. Even for the legends of language, writing can be a...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...
October 5 , 2009 Washington, DC A view of Ernest Hemingway's Key West library. Photo by David Kipen Having majored in journalism at the University of Kentucky, Bobbie Ann Mason (a 1983 NEA Literature Fellow) knows a little something about transitioning from journalism to writing fiction. In this...
"La Bodeguita Ernest Hemingway" by ahisgett from Flick'r A recurring theme on the blog is hearing from The Big Read authors about other writers and artists who have influenced their work. From an interview with the NEA, here's Tobias Wolff (author of Old School ) on some of the writers whom he...