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Nancy W. Sindelar | Researching Hemingway
Author Guest / June 17, 2014

Ernest Hemingway exuded a brand of masculinity and a philosophy of life that has been a fascination to both men and women. Men admired his adventures in World War I, the Spanish Civil War and World War II along with his legendary hunting and fishing expeditions. Women were charmed by his masculine self-confidence and good-natured story-telling. Marlene Dietrich called him “the most fascinating man I know” and said he “found time to do the things most men only dream about.”  She was right. He courted life-threatening adventures, glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world. As a former English teacher at Hemingway’s alma mater, Oak Park and River Forest High School, I first explored Hemingway’s high school years as a means of my engaging students in his novels.  My students were quick to view Hemingway as a legendary author who led an action-filled life, but many felt that their own lives paled in comparison to his and that being in school was often “just boring.” My students’ attitudes inspired me to do some research on Hemingway’s life as a high school student.  I studied his yearbooks, his high school writing and even met some of…