Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899, is first and foremost revered as one of the premier writers of the twentieth century. Hemingway started his writing career at seventeen as a newspaper writer, went off as a volunteer in an ambulance unit during the First World War in the Italian Army. When he returned to the States, he returned to writing for newspapers. During World War II he received the Bronze Star for his work as a war correspondent. His most important work, The Sun Also Rises, was released in 1926. This was followed by a number of highly successful novels: A Farewell to Arms (1926), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 for his lifetime of literary achievements. He died in 1961.
FOR we have thought the longer thoughts
And gone the shorter way.
And we have danced to devil's tunes
Shivering home to pray;
To serve one master in the night,
Another in the day.