Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American authors in history, and a pretty polarizing guy. Love him or hate him, his signature's worth a bundle.
- Fact 1: Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a celebrated author and adventurer; he is often credited with reinventing American literature.
- Fact 2: At age 18, Hemingway volunteered as an ambulance driver in Italy during WWI and was severly injured in a mortar attack.
- Fact 3: Hemingway spent much of WWII as a combat reporter attached to Allied troops as they reclaimed Europe. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery.
- Fact 4: While on safari in Africa in 1954, Hemingway was injured in a minor plane crash. His medical evacuation flight exploded on takeoff, nearly killing him.
- Fact 5: After winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954, the ailing Hemingway retired to Ketchum, Idaho, where he commited suicide in 1961.