|Posted: 30 November 2005 at 4:43pm | IP Logged
I do not believe there were any childhood reasons that led Hemingway to be a writer and that’s because Ernest was born a writer. He knew from the beginning that he was going to be a writer, a good writer and possibly a great writer. It’s well documented that he had the discipline to methodically develop and practice his style.
When he was 19 he said something to the effect, “I have these stories in my head and I need to get them out [by writing].” I believe he was under some criticism by his parents for not getting a “real” job or going to college.
His talent was recognized early on by the editor of the Kansas City Star when he was What? Only 18. And by many others before he reached 25: Hadley, Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein (a medical doctor), Fitzgerald, Maxwell Perkins, etc. Here was a kid in his early twenties, with no college education, of no particular pedigree, hob-knobbing with American literary intellectuals. Ernest Hemingway was a born writer and they all knew it.
In 1958, Hemingway was asked, “Can you recall an exact moment when you decided to become a writer.”
He answered, “No, I always wanted to be a writer.”
Edited by RobbieJor on 14 June 2006 at 1:26pm