Five Fascinating Facts about Ernest Hemingway

Interesting Literature

The life of Ernest Hemingway, distilled into the best facts about his colourful but tragic life

1. As a young boy, Ernest Hemingway was dressed in girls’ clothing by his mother and referred to as ‘Ernestine’. We begin this selection of great Ernest Hemingway facts with a rather revealing nugget about his childhood: Hemingway’s mother had been hoping for a girl. She also kept her son’s hair long until, at the age of six, the young Ernestine insisted on being called Ernest and, asserting himself, went on to become arguably the most thoroughly masculine writer of the twentieth century, perhaps of any century. Also known affectionately as ‘Papa’, Hemingway became the embodiment of manhood in American literary circles. Boxing legend Jack Dempsey said he would refuse to fight Hemingway because he realised that Papa would probably fight like a madman – and, whilst Dempsey knew he could overpower the writer…

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