On this day, May 4 1953, the American novelist, Ernest Hemingway was awarded Pulitzer Prize for Literature for “The Old Man and The Sea”. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. His understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction.
During the last year of World War 1 (1918), he joined the Red Cross and saw service driving an ambulance but was wounded by mortar fire, he spent 5 months in the Red Cross hospital before returning home.
Sadly on July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway, killed himself with his own shotgun. His wife said it was an accident, however, there is evidence that was suffering depression. It is reported he was in physical decline, but also that he could no longer find the words to write. Hemingway has a Memorial in Sun Valley, Idaho, with this fitting inscription:
“Best of all he loved the fall, the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods. Leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills. The high blue windless skies, now he will be a part of them forever.”