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Most literary scholars do not take either of these conversions very seriously and see them as pressed upon Hemingway by family, friends, and circumstances. Burns and Novick do not look very deeply into this possibility, even though they quote Hemingway himself as saying as much. Instead, they take Hemingway for the stoic adventurer and icon of American soldier home by ernest hemingway that everybody else does. That led me to two books: H. Hemingway was raised in a Congregationalist Protestant home, and his first conversion to Catholicism occurred when he was a year-old and volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during World War I.

Two weeks into the job, he was delivering candy to soldiers on the frontlines when he was hit by machine-gun fire and more than metal fragments from an exploding mortar round.

soldier home by ernest hemingway

An Italian priest recovered his body, baptized him right on the battlefield and gave him the last rites. I died then. After the war, he went to work as a foreign correspondent in Paris.

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And eight years later — after his first marriage failed — he undertook a second, more formal conversion process in preparation for marriage to his second wife, devout Catholic Pauline Pfieffer. I cannot imagine taking any other religion seriously. He thought of himself, like many of his protagonists Nick Adams, Jake Barns, Robert Jordan, Francis McComber and Santiagoas a man struggling to live with grace and die a good death in a violent, unforgiving world where all of us must suffer.

soldier home by ernest hemingway

Had I known then about his Catholicism, it would have clarified things — and made the books better. John of the Cross in an original Spanish edition. It changes everything. Your books and writings have not been consulted.]

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