Paula McLain

New York Times bestselling author


Milestones in the life of Ernest Hemingway

1899
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21st to Dr. Clarence and Grace Hall Hemingway in Oak Park, Illinois.


1917
Hemingway graduates high school and in October begins reporting for the Kansas City Star. He joins the 7th Missouri Infantry, a temporary unit in the Missouri National Guard.


1918
He leaves for Italy and World War I. Serves as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross. Becomes seriously wounded in the leg by a trench mortar shell explosion. While recuperating, he has an affair with nurse Agnes von Kurowsky; this relationship provides inspiration for A Farewell to Arms.


1920
Becomes a reporter for the Toronto Star.


1921
Marries Hadley Richardson. The newlyweds move to Paris.


1922
Travels to Constantinople to cover the war between Greece and Turkey for the Toronto Star.


1923
Three Stories and Ten Poems is published in Paris. First child, son Jack Hemingway, is born.


1924
Finishes short story “Big Two-Hearted River”


1925
Meets F. Scott Fitzgerald shortly after The Great Gatsby is published. Begins work on The Sun Also Rises.


1926
The Sun Also Rises and The Torrents of Spring are published.


1927
Ernest divorces Hadley Richardson and marries Pauline Pfeiffer. The short story collection Men Without Women is published.


1928
Moves to Key West, Florida. Is in Kansas City for the birth of his second son, Patrick. Ernest\’s father, Dr. Clarence Hemingway, commits suicide.


1929
A Farewell to Arms is published.


1930
The short story collection The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories is published.


1931
Third son, Gregory, is born in Kansas City.


1932
Death in the Afternoon is published.


1933
Publishes short story collection, Winner Take Nothing. The Hemingway family goes on a safari in Africa.


1935
Accidentally shoots himself in the leg. Green Hills of Africa is published.


1937
Begins work as a correspondent covering the Spanish Civil War. Appears on the cover of Time magazine. To Have and Have Not is published.


1940
“The Fifth Column,” a Hemingway play, opens in New York. Divorces Pauline Pfeiffer and marries Martha Gellhorn. Buys a house in Cuba known as La Finca Vigia. For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.


1941
Ernest and Martha tour China as journalists and witness its war with Japan.


1942
The edited anthology Men at War is published.


1944
Is in a serious automobile accident and suffers a concussion and severe head lacerations. Accompanies British Royal Air Force on missions in France and Germany. Meets writer Mary Welsh in London.


1945
Martha Gellhorn divorces Hemingway.


1946
Marries Mary Welsh.


1947
Awarded Bronze Star for service in World War II.


1950
Across the River and into the Trees is published.


1951
Ernest\’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, dies.


1952
The Old Man and the Sea is published.


1953
Wins Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.


1954
While on a safari in Africa, the Hemingways survive two plane crashes. Awarded Nobel Prize for literature.


1959
Travels to Spain for bullfighting articles for Life magazine. Buys a home in Ketchum, Idaho.


1961
Commits suicide on July 2nd.


1962
The compilation The Wild Years is published.


1964
The memoir A Moveable Feast is published.


1970
Islands in the Stream is published.


1972
The Nick Adams Stories, a compilation, is published.