“He is without question one of the most courageous men I have ever known. Fear was a stranger to him.”
Colonel “Buck” Lanham
American author and Nobel Prize winner. Has written some of the most famous Prose Fiction
in the English language. First 20th Century writer to get away with the word "fuck". Master of Beige Prose
. Fought in World War I
, covered the sequel
. Wrestled lions. Flew airplanes. Caught big fish. Owned and loved a clowder of polydactyl cats. Made Mojitos and Daiquiris manly
. Shot himself.
Shortly before his suicide, claimed to a friend that the FBI was monitoring him. He was right.
One of the most Memetic Badass
writers in western literature. (Did you see the part about wrestling lions?) The Most Interesting Man in the World
is pretty much an expy of him.
Portrayals In Fiction:Comic Books
- The "Form and Void" arc of Cerebus the Aardvark has Cerebus and Jaka interacting with parodies of Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary. These are heavily based on Mary's diaries from their last safaris, when Hemingway was in poor health.
- Midnight in Paris (2011): Hemingway appears in a handful of scenes and steals the whole goddamn movie. Played by Corey Stoll.
- Hemingway And Gellhorn (2012) Covers his relationship with his third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn. Played by Clive Owen.
- In the Timeline-191 series, he's an ambulance driver during the equivalent of World War I as in real history, but is wounded in the groin and left with severe damage. He only writes a single non-fiction book before killing himself, this time taking his girlfriend with him.
- Adaptation Expansion: Happens to the film versions - two so far, the second one infamously casting Ronald Reagan as the villain - of "The Killers," where the movies try to delve into the mysterious motives of two hitmen and their target that the short story brilliantly refuses to answer.
- Author Avatar: Nick Adams, a recurring character in Hemingway's short stories.
- Beastly Bloodsports: Hemingway was a big fan of bullfighting. Metaphysically, he considered the deliberate danger that a matador puts himself in as symbolic of the essence of life as a whole. Naturally, this symbolism cropped up frequently in his works.
- Broken Ace: Most of his protagonists. Manliness was an overarching theme in many of his works. He often explored the topic through subversions, deconstructions, and perhaps a few reconstructions of The Ace. To wit:
- Downer Ending: Not a lot of his heroes end up happy at the end of the story. Not a lot of them end up alive, either.
- Friendly Rivalry: Was in one with fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald admired Hemingway's style: Hemingway admired Fitzgerald's lifestyle.
- Noodle Incident: The frozen corpse of a leopard at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro ("The Snows of Kilimanjaro"). "No one knows quite what the leopard was doing up here."
- Rated M for Manly: Hemingway was the epitome of manhood, as described above.
- Signature Style: The "iceberg theory": leave out everything you can. This is a very polarizing style of writing, with people usually either calling Hemingway a genius or a terrible writer.
- Write What You Know: He wrote about World War I where he served as an ambulance driver and the Spanish Civil War where he was present as a journalist. He also wrote stories about hunting, fishing and boxing, all things he had personal experience with.