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Hemingway Portrait
"The great thing is to last..."

Ernest Miller Hemingway was 18 years old when he walked into the newsroom of The Kansas City Star and began his writing career. Straight out of high school in Oak Park, Ill., Hemingway pounded the streets as a cub reporter at the newspaper for six and a half months, from Oct. 17, 1917 to April 30, 1918. From here, with World War I in progress, he joined the Red Cross ambulance service, headed for the front in Italy, was seriously wounded, fell in and out of love and willed himself into becoming a literary giant. In these Web pages The Star preserves Hemingway's Kansas City legacy. Included are stories he wrote, stories written about him and other ways to appreciate his place in the history of Kansas City and American literature.
--Steve Paul, senior writer and editor

HEMINGWAY AT THE KANSAS CITY STAR

HEMINGWAY AT 100

HEMINGWAY WRITING AWARDS

HEMINGWAY MULTIMEDIA

HEMINGWAY EXTRAS

THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY SOCIETY

The Ernest Hemingway Society held its 13th biennial international conference June 9-15 in Kansas City.

MORE HEMINGWAY STORIES FROM THE STAR

Big Read a big deal for KC

Kansas City will join more than 100 cities this fall in the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages Americans to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

The lure of Hemingway's Cuba

Sportswriter Wright Thompson and photographer John Sleezer traveled to Cuba earlier this year for The Star's special baseball sections. While there - and this was before political tensions re-emerged between Cuba and the United States - they tracked the legacy of Ernest Hemingway for Star Magazine.

Some Hemingway resources

In addition to True at First Light and Michael Reynolds' biography, Ernest Hemingway: The Final Years, these new, reissued and forthcoming books will be of interest to Hemingway aficionados this year.

Susan Beegel: What I like about Hemingway

What I like best about Hemingway is his devotion to that credo. Throughout his remarkable body of fiction, he tells the truth about human fear, guilt, betrayal, violence, cruelty, drunkenness, hunger, greed, apathy, ecstasy, tenderness, love and lust.

Preparing for War and Writing

On a fast track to manhood and making his way in the world, Ernest Hemingway began working at The Kansas City Star in the middle of October 1917. The United States had begun training troops for the brutal war under way in Europe.

Of `Star Style' and a reporter named Hemingway

In 1915, the sinking of the Lusitania received exceptional play in The Star. A two-column headline announced the tragedy, the first of many in the next few years. The European powers plunged deeper into war, drawing the United States inexorably toward the trenches, which already snaked across the fields of eastern France.