Timeline of Ernest Hemingway’s Life


The extended entry for this post contains a timeline of Ernest Hemingway’s life, including links to essays on many of his works. The timeline is updated frequently and is one of the most-requested pages on this site.

  • 1899 – Ernest Miller Hemingway born to Clarence and Grace Hemingway on July 21 in Oak Park, IL
  • 1917 – Graduates high school; reporter for the Kansas City Star
  • 1918 – World War I ambulance driver for the American Red Cross; wounded on July 8 on the Italian front near Fossalta di Piave; had an affair with nurse Agnes von Kurowsky
  • 1920 – reporter for Toronto Star
  • 1921 – married to Hadley Richardson; moves to Paris, France on Sherwood Anderson’s advice
  • 1922 – correspondent for Toronto Star covering Greco-Turkish War
  • 1923 – Three Stories and Ten Poems published by Robert McAlmon in Paris; birth of son John
  • 1924 – in our time, a collection of vignettes, published in Paris by Three Mountains Press
  • 1925 – In Our Time, adding fourteen short stories to the earlier vignettes, published in New York by Boni & Liveright
  • 1926 – The Torrents of Spring and The Sun Also Rises published by Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • 1927 – publishes short story collection, Men Without Women; marries Pauline Pfieffer after divorcing Hadley Richardson
  • 1928 – moves to Key West, FL, USA; birth of son Patrick
  • 1929 – father commits suicide in Oak Park, IL; A Farewell to Arms published
  • 1931 – birth of son Gregory
  • 1931 – bought a home in Key West, FL and lived there for ten years
  • 1932 – Death in the Afternoon published
  • 1933 – publishes short story collection, Winner Take Nothing
  • 1935 – Green Hills of Africa published
  • 1937 – travels as war correspondent to the Spanish Civil War; To Have and Have Not published
  • 1938 – collaborates with Joris Ivens on The Spanish Earth, a film espousing the Loyalist cause; publishes The Fifth Column and the First Forty-nine Stories
  • 1940 – divorces Pauline Pfieffer, marries Martha Gellhorn; purchases Finca Vigia in Cuba; For Whom the Bell Tolls published
  • 1942 – edits Men at War
  • 1944 – meets Mary Welsh in London, UK; travels with American troops in France and Germany as World War II correspondent; participates in Allied liberation of Paris, France
  • 1945 – divorces Martha Gellhorn
  • 1946 – marries Mary Welsh
  • 1950 – Across the River and into the Trees published
  • 1951 – mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, dies
  • 1952 – The Old Man and the Sea published
  • 1954 – receives Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1960 – moves to Ketchum, Idaho; hospitalized for uncontrolled high blood pressure, liver disease, diabetes, depression
  • 1961 – commits suicide in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2
  • 1964 – A Moveable Feast published posthumously
  • 1969 – The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War published
  • 1970 – Islands in the Stream published
  • 1972 – The Nick Adams Stories published
  • 1985 – The Dangerous Summer published
  • 1986 – The Garden of Eden published
  • 1987 – The Complete Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition published

This post is part of The Hemingway Collection, an archive of essays, images, and hyperlinks to interesting articles about the great American author.

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