He was an American voice in America's century: bold, exuberant, blustery. He honed his craft at The Kansas City Star. Then he went on to war, to Europe and to become literature's self-made man. He was not always easy to take. Forget perfection, he told a fellow writer. Characters are not symbols. "Keep them people, people, people."
In other words, all humans are flawed. And redeemable.
Four decades after his death, and near the turn of another century,
Hemingway's simple code still rings loud and true.
--Steve Paul, senior writer and editor