The 20th century author that we all know and love was born on July 21st, 1899. He is best known for his 1952 novel “The Old Man and the Sea”, and for coining “iceberg theory”, a style of writing where much of the story is happening beneath the surface. Here are five facts you may not know about Ernest Hemingway, to celebrate his birthday!
1) He Was Married Four Times
2) He Was an Avid Boxer
3) He Was a KBG Spy-But Not a Very Good One
4) He Was Accused-and Later Acquitted- of War Crimes
When Hemingway was working as a journalist and war correspondent during WWII, he removed pieces of his uniform that gave him his identity, disguising himself as an army officer. He then led a band of soldiers to a French town called Rambouillet on a mission during the Liberation of Paris, invading a Ritz hotel and a Ritz restaurant. However, war correspondents do not have permission to lead troops. He proclaimed his innocence, claiming that he simply acted as an advisor. He was later acquitted of his crimes.