Happy Birthday, Papa

Yeah I know he was a drunk and a misogynist and a liar but I'm not gonna write about that right now.
  1. Ernest Hemingway was born July 21st, 1899.
  2. He worked for the Kansas City Star as a reporter after high school, whose style guide read "Use short sentences. Use short paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative."
  3. He became an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, which influenced his writing of "A Farewell to Arms". He fell in love with a nurse there, Agnes von Kurowsky, and was devastated when she rejected him. He would continue to try and leave women before they left him for the rest of his life.
  4. After being seriously wounded by mortar fire, he returned home and accepted a job in Toronto. He moved around for a bit, ending up in Chicago where he met Hadley Richardson. They married and traveled to Europe.
  5. Encouraged to travel to Paris rather than Rome by Sherwood Anderson, he continued to work for the Toronto Star and met luminaries such as Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound. Stein became his mentor and introduced him to more expatriates.
  6. He continued to file stories for the Star, covering the Greco-Turkish War and international fishing.
  7. His wife lost a suitcase with his manuscripts, but he was still able to publish his first work, Three Stories and Ten Poems, in 1923.
  8. The next years saw him traveling to Spain and becoming near-obsessed with bullfighting. While he wrote The Sun Also Rises, partially about his experiences there, his marriage to Agnes deteriorated as a result of his affair with Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced in November of 1926.
  9. Hemingway and Pauline wanted to return to America. Before he moved, he succeeded in pulling a skylight down onto his head thinking he was pulling on a toilet chain.
  10. They moved from Kansas City, where Pauline had a difficult birth with their son Patrick, to Wyoming, Massachusetts, and New York. Before he moved to Florida, he received devastating news that his father had committed suicide and commented "I'll probably go the same way."
  11. During the 1930's, he traveled between Key West and Wyoming. Him and Pauline had more children, and her uncle bought them a house in Key West. Hemingway was able to find it after a night out drinking because of its location near a lighthouse.
  12. He took to sailing the Caribbean and wrote his only novel of the 30's, To Have and Have Not, while he was in Spain covering the Spanish Civil War.
  13. In 1939, he and Pauline began a slow split as a result of his meeting Martha Gellhorn. Martha and Hemingway soon moved to Cuba and rented a farm, Finca Vigia, outside Havana. They were married in Wyoming in 1940.
  14. In 1941, Hemingway had the Cuban government refit his boat, insisting he would hunt German submarines. He never got one.
  15. From 1944-45 he traveled Europe to cover the war and met Mary Welsh. Continuing this pattern, Martha ended things with him, saying she was "through, absolutely finished."
  16. His war correspondence is spotty. He insists he helped liberate the Ritz in Paris and that he led resistance troops. This is all conjecture, although he was brought up on formal charges per the Geneva Convention for leading troops.
  17. He married Mary in 1946, who then had an ectopic pregnancy. He began to experience serious depression as his friends died off. Yeats, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Joyce, and Stein all died between 1939 and 46.
  18. He wrote Across the River and Into the Trees, which no one liked, based on a love affair with a 19 year old. Feeling very butthurt, he wrote The Old Man and the Sea, which he felt was his best writing ever.
  19. The book won the Pulitzer in 1952 and he became an international phenomenon. He almost died from plane crashes in 1954, and while he survived he was severely injured and plagued by physical deterioration. Later that year, he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
  20. Despite telling the press that others deserved the prize, Hemingway had coveted it and accepted. He was too pained to travel, so he sent a speech to be read in Stockholm.
  21. He was bedridden from 1955-56, and returned to Europe. He found unclaimed trunks from the Ritz filled with his notebooks from his early years in Paris. When he returned to Cuba in 1957, he began to write A Moveable Feast and slid further into depression.
  22. Hemingway's farm became too crowded with visitors, and he decided to move to a home in Ketchum, Idaho. He became increasingly paranoid and confused, and after failed treatment at the Mayo Clinic (assumed to be electroconvulsive therapy and a large combination of medicines) he was released as a broken man, as ruined as he would ever be.
  23. Three months after, Mary found him in the kitchen holding his shotgun, and he was admitted to the May Clinic for more treatment. He was released and was back home in Ketchum on June 30.
  24. Two days later, he shot himself with his favorite shotgun: a double-barre he purchased from Abercrombie and Fitch. Yes, THAT Abercrombie and Fitch. They used to be an outdoors store.
  25. Although the press was originally told it was an accident, it was clear it was suicide. Hemingway may have suffered from hemochromatosis, a disease his father may have also had, leading to severe mental and physical deterioration.
  26. Hemingway's brother said of the funeral "It seemed to me Ernest would shave approved of it all."