Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a renowned American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Known for his economical and understated style, which he termed the 'Iceberg Theory', Hemingway significantly influenced 20th-century fiction. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Hemingway's adventurous lifestyle and public image brought him admiration from later generations.


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  1. 1. The Sun Also Rises

    The novel is a poignant tale set in the 1920s post-World War I era, focusing on a group of American and British expatriates living in Paris who travel to Pamplona, Spain for the annual Running of the Bulls. The story explores themes of disillusionment, identity, and the Lost Generation, with the protagonist, a war veteran, grappling with impotence caused by a war injury. The narrative is steeped in the disillusionment and existential crisis experienced by many in the aftermath of the war, and the reckless hedonism of the era is portrayed through the characters' aimless wanderings and excessive drinking.

    The 48th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Set in the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, the novel follows the story of an American dynamiter, who is assigned the task of blowing up a bridge during a crucial attack on the city of Segovia. Alongside the war narrative, the story also explores his relationships with various characters, including his love affair with a young Spanish woman. The narrative beautifully encapsulates themes of love, war, death, and the transient nature of life.

    The 79th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Old Man and the Sea

    An aging Cuban fisherman struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream, isolated from the world and from human help. For days, he fights the marlin alone, admiring its strength, dignity, and faithfulness to its identity—its destiny is as true as his as a fisherman. He finally kills the marlin, but sharks attack and devour it before he can return to the shore. The fisherman returns home empty-handed but remains undefeated, having proven his abilities to himself.

    The 81st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. A Farewell to Arms

    Set during World War I, the novel follows an American ambulance driver in the Italian army and his love affair with a British nurse. The story is a first-person account of the protagonist's experiences in war and his struggle to survive amidst chaos and destruction. The narrative explores themes of love, war, and the fragility of life, culminating in a tragic ending that underscores the futile nature of war and the inevitable suffering it brings.

    The 116th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    This book is a collection of short stories penned by a renowned 20th-century American author, known for his minimalist and direct style of writing. The stories span a range of themes, including love, war, wilderness, and loss, often drawing from the author's own experiences as a journalist and war correspondent. Each story offers a glimpse into the complexities of human nature and the harsh realities of life, showcasing the author's ability to capture profound emotions and experiences in simple, yet powerful prose.

    The 362nd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. In Our Time

    "In Our Time" is a collection of short stories that explores the theme of lost generation, focusing on the disillusionment and angst experienced by people post World War I. The stories are interconnected, often featuring the protagonist Nick Adams, and depict various stages of his life. The book is renowned for its unique narrative style, which uses a combination of minimalist prose and a stream-of-consciousness technique, reflecting the fragmented nature of the post-war world.

    The 563rd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Moveable Feast

    This memoir offers a glimpse into the life of a young American writer living in Paris during the 1920s. The book is filled with personal anecdotes and observations about his life and experiences, including his relationships with other expatriate writers and artists of the Lost Generation. The focus is on the joy of life, the art of writing, and the struggle of a writer. The book also explores the author's love for the city of Paris, which he refers to as a "moveable feast".

    The 581st Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Men Without Women

    "Men Without Women" is a collection of short stories that explore the theme of loneliness and emotional isolation. Each of the fourteen stories focuses on men who have lost or can't attain the love of a woman, resulting in feelings of despair, alienation and loneliness. The characters range from matadors to boxers, soldiers to artists, all of whom are navigating the complexities of masculinity, love, and life.

    The 2615th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. To Have And Have Not

    This novel follows the life of Harry Morgan, a fishing boat captain based in Key West, Florida, during the Great Depression. Struggling to support his family, Morgan is drawn into a world of contraband and illicit activities, including smuggling Cubans and running alcohol. The narrative delves into themes of survival, the stark realities of poverty, and the moral compromises one must face when pushed to the brink. Through Morgan's tragic journey, the story explores the profound disparities between the wealthy tourists and the destitute locals, painting a grim picture of economic disparity and human desperation.

    The 5924th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

    "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is a story about a wealthy American man who, while on a safari in Africa, gains courage and personal growth after initially behaving in a cowardly manner when faced with danger. This transformation, however, leads to his wife killing him, possibly accidentally, out of fear that his newfound courage would end their marriage. The narrative explores themes of courage, masculinity, and the dynamics of power in relationships.

    The 7960th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Garden Of Eden

    The novel explores the complexities of love and relationships through the story of a young American writer and his wife while on their extended honeymoon in the French Riviera. Their idyllic existence becomes complicated when they befriend another woman, leading to a tangled and emotionally charged ménage à trois. The narrative delves into themes of gender roles, identity, and the creative process, as the characters push the boundaries of traditional marriage and sexuality, ultimately testing the limits of their paradise.

    The 8435th Greatest Book of All Time