A Hemingway timeline: 'Any man's life, told truly, is a novel'A Hemingway timeline: 'Any man's life,
told truly, is a novel'
The Sun Also Rises (1926) was Hemingway's first great success despite selling only 26,000 copies in its first year. When Life magazine, on Sept. 1, 1952, published The Old Man and the Sea (a week before the book came out), it sold more than 5 million copies in two days.
Date: 06/27/99 00:01
July 21: Ernest Miller Hemingway is born in Oak Park, Ill.
Graduates from high school, summers in Michigan.
October: Begins work as a cub reporter at The Kansas City Star. Lives with uncle, then at a boarding house, 3733 Warwick Blvd.
November: Moves to 3516 Agnes Ave., where he shares room with Michigan friend Carl Edgar.
Joins 7th Missouri Infantry, a temporary unit of Missouri National Guard.
Recovering in Italy, 1918
April 30: Leaves Kansas City for Italy and World War I.
Serves as ambulance driver for American Red Cross and in the canteen service at the front.
July 8: Seriously wounded when a trench mortar shell explodes three feet away, near the front at Fossalta. During recuperation, has an affair with nurse Agnes von Kurowsky; relationship provided inspiration for A Farewell to Arms.
Returns to Chicago. Is hailed as war hero.
Begins writing for the Toronto Star. Takes job in Chicago with Co-operative Commonwealth magazine.
With Hadley Richardson on their wedding day
Sept. 3: Marries Hadley Richardson of St. Louis in Horton Bay, Mich.
October: Co-operative Commonwealth closes in financial scandal.
December: At the urging of Sherwood Anderson, the newlyweds move to Paris.
March 8: The Hemingways meet Gertrude Stein.
Late September: Ernest travels to Constantinople to cover the war between Greece and Turkey for the Toronto Star.
Dec. 3: Hadley, on her way to Switzerland to meet Ernest, loses a suitcase containing his manuscripts in a Paris train station.
July: Witnesses the running of the bulls at Pamplona, Spain.
August: Three Stories and Ten Poems is published by a small press in Paris.
Oct. 10: Becomes a papa when son Jack is born in Toronto.
July: Pamplona again.
August: Finishes short story "Big Two-Hearted River."
April in Paris: Meets F. Scott Fitzgerald shortly after his Great Gatsby is published.
July: Begins working on The Sun Also Rises, which by the end of the next year ensures his fame.
Divorces Hadley, marries Pauline Pfeiffer.
With Pauline Pfeiffer
Moves to Key West, Fla.
June-July: In Kansas City for the birth of second son, Patrick.
Dec. 6: Ernest's father, Clarence Hemingway, commits suicide in Oak Park.
Car wreck in Montana. Arm is badly broken.
Oct. 14: Hemingways arrive in Kansas City.
Nov. 12: Third son Gregory is born by Caesarean section in Kansas City.
From the Hemingways' safari, 1933
Hemingways on safari in Africa.
Pilar, Hemingway's famed fishing boat, arrives in Key West in May. That summer Hemingway takes the boat to Cuba.
Accidentally shoots self in the leg.
Introduced to journalist Martha Gellhorn in Key West.
Hemingway unjams the rifle of a Loyalist soldier in the Spanish Civil War, 1937.
February: Begins work as a correspondent covering the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway and Pauline go to Hollywood later in the year to raise money for the Spanish Loyalists.
Oct. 18: Likeness appears on cover of Time magazine.
June 22: In New York to watch the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling heavyweight fight.
Hemingway shares a house in Cuba with Martha Gellhorn.
Celebrating with Gellhorn after their wedding
"The Fifth Column," a Hemingway play, opens in New York.
Divorces Pauline and marries Martha.
Buys the house in Cuba, known as the Finca Vigia.
Ernest and Martha tour China as journalists, witness its war with Japan.
Uses Pilar for armed patrols, scouting for German submarines in the Gulf of Mexico.
Pilar, Hemingway's famed fishing boat, arrived in Key West in 1934. In 1942 he used the boat for armed patrols, scouting for German submarines in the Gulf of Mexico.
May: Is in a serious auto accident suffering a concussion and severe head lacerations.
Accompanies British Royal Air Force on missions over France and Germany.
August: Accompanies the 22nd Infantry Regiment near Rambouillet, France. Later is investigated and cleared by Army inspector general on allegations of being armed correspondent. Arrives in Paris for liberation by Allies.
Meets writer Mary Welsh in London.
Martha Gellhorn divorces Hemingway.
Marries Mary Welsh.
Awarded Bronze Star for service in World War II.
June: Max Perkins, Hemingway's longtime editor at Scribner's, dies.
Becomes involved in a plot to overthrow the government of the Dominican Republic.
June 28: Mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, dies.
Oct. 1: Pauline Pfeiffer dies
Wins Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
Last four months of the year on safari in Kenya.
In January, while still in Africa, the Hemingways survive two plane crashes.
October: Awarded Nobel Prize for literature.
Hemingway killed himself on July 2, 1961.
Works on the script and filming of the movie version of "The Old Man and the Sea."
Bedridden with nephritis and hepatitis from late-November through January of 1956.
Travels to Spain for bullfighting articles for Life magazine.
Buys home in Ketchum, Idaho.
Undergoes electroshock treatments for depression and paranoia. Is also treated for liver disease, hypertension and diabetes.