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Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.03

     challenging words:    journalistic, bestselling, novelist, bestseller, high-action, anthrax, manuscript, largely, mounting, lashes, bookshop, nonfiction, literary, exceptional, prose, forbade
     content words:    Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park, Young Ernest, Kansas City Star, For Whom, Bell Tolls, Marcelline Hemingway, Cross Calls Men, Silver Medal, Military Valor

Ernest Hemingway
By Colleen Messina

1     Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His parents encouraged his many pursuits. His mother taught him music and took him to concerts, art galleries, and operas. His father taught him practical skills, like how to build fires, how to use an axe, and how to tie fishing flies. His parents taught him to value physical courage and endurance. They wanted their six children to excel and raised them in a strict religious atmosphere. At age three, he told his mother that he was "afraid of nothing." In high school, he excelled in English, and he wrote for the school's weekly newspaper. Ernest played many sports and played the cello in his school's orchestra. His family had a cabin in northern Michigan where they spent a lot of time. Ernest loved the outdoors, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and canoeing.
2     Hemingway's father wanted him to go to college, but Ernest wanted to become a writer or join the armed forces. Since his father forbade him to join the army for WWI, Hemingway accepted a job with the Kansas City Star as a reporter. Hemingway and his father had an emotional goodbye at the train station. It affected him so deeply that he later wrote about it in his book For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway intensely described his mixed feelings of sadness, relief, and excitement about reaching adulthood.
3     Hemingway's new job was to write stories about everything that happened at the police station, the train station, and the hospital. According to his sister, Marcelline Hemingway, he covered "fires, fights, and funerals, and anything else not important enough for the other more experienced reporters." However, he soon grew bored and longed for fearless war adventures. One day, he found an opportunity in a newspaper headline.

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