This Week in History: On July 21, 1899 Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. A writer whose life was as large as his prose was compact, Hemingway had a storied and full life; he drove an ambulance in World War I, covered the Spanish Civil War, and had a front-row seat to the D-Day invasion and the liberation of Paris. After an early childhood in which his mother dressed him in girls’ clothing, Hemingway in adulthood became world-famous for overtly macho pursuits including sport fishing and big game hunting. Hemingway’s sparse prose, first-person journalistic observations, and unrepentant machismo would combine to create a distinctive writing style often satired but rarely equaled. To read Hemingway is to hear the English language boldly and powerfully stripped to its essential elements. Pictured here, Hemingway visits the front line in Teruel, Spain, December 1937. Photo by Robert Capa/Magnum. @magnumphotos Check out more from MSNBC’s “Throwback Thursday” at www.msnbc.com/photography (link in profile) #ernesthemingway #hemingway #author #journalist #manliness #war #robertcapa #history #thisweekinhistory #throwbackthursday #tbt #msnbcphoto #msnbc
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