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English Literature

Context

Ernest Hemingway was one of the major figures of 20th century literature. The End of Something contains many of the recurring themes in his work.

Author's background

Born in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was a US novelist, short story writer and journalist. During the First World War he joined the Italian army as an ambulance volunteer, and was awarded a medal for bravery. He was married four times.

Hemingway wrote prolifically, winning the Pulitzer Prize [Pulitzer Prize: Prizes for literature, named after Joseph Pulitzer, an American newspaper publisher who was born in Hungary in 1847. ] in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature [Nobel Prize: The prizes for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Peace, Literature and Economics are named after Alfred Nobel, a Swede, who left money and instructions for this in his will. ] in 1954, which are both significant honours. In July 1961, he shot himself, committing suicide just before his 62nd birthday.

In his prose, Hemingway is well known for expressing himself in few words, without the use of elaborate descriptions. He preferred to understate and allow the reader to work out what is being said 'beneath' the words. When his writing deals with relationships between men and women - as in The End of Something - it is often about the failure of communication, or other problems. It has been suggested this story is partly autobiographical [autobiographical: A text recounting the writer's own life. ] - about a relationship he had with a waitress called Marjorie when he was a young man.

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