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Ernest Miller Hemingway is one of America's most beloved authors, known for his classic tales including "The Old Man and the Sea", "A Farewell to Arms", "The Sun Also Rises", "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", just to name a few.

He was born on July 21, 1899 in affluent Oak Park, IL, in the family home built by his maternal grandfather Ernest Hall. Tagged from birth with wanderlust, Hemingway was fortunate to have the parentage (his father was a family doctor; his mother an aspiring opera singer) and wherewithall to fulfill his fantasies of traveling the globe.

"Highlights" of his life include his serious wounding in WWI while in Europe, meeting American author Gertrude Stein (who had a profound effect on his work) in Paris in 1922, attending a bullfight in Spain (1929), moving to Key West (his base for his final 30 years of life) in 1931 and being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1953).

Suffering from depression, he commited suicide in 1961.