Things you didn’t know about Man of men, Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s colorful life as a war correspondent, big game hunter, angler, writer, and world celebrity, as well as winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature, was discussed extensively. There are however things many of us didn’t know.

MEDAL OF VALOR

Hemingway served as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, and on July 8, 1918, he was badly wounded by mortar fire—yet he managed to help Italian soldiers reach safety. The action earned him an Italian Silver Medal of Valor.

War Crimes

Following D-Day, Hemingway led a band of Resistance fighters in the French town of Rambouillet. The problem was, war correspondents aren’t supposed to lead armed troops. Hemingway was charged with several offenses, including removing patches from his clothing that identified him as a journalist, stockpiling weapons in his hotel room, and commanding a faction of Resistance operatives. Eventually, he was cleared of wrongdoing.

KGB SPY

When war correspondent Martha Gellhorn was sent to China for a story in 1941, Hemingway, her husband, accompanied her. Documentation shows that Hemingway was possibly recruited as a willing, clandestine source just prior to the trip and was given the codename “Argo.” The documents however showed that he didn’t deliver any useful political intel and was never trained. 

Leaving Luggage

After a 1956 stay at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, Ernest was reminded that he’d left a steamer trunk (made for him by Louis Vuitton) in the hotel’s basement in 1930. When he opened it, he rediscovered personal letters, menus, outdoor gear, and two stacks of notebooks that became the basis for the memoir of his youth in Paris’s café culture, which became one of his best works. 

Baby Shoes

Oddly enough, a story many people associate with Hemingway probably has nothing to do with him. The legend goes that one night, while drinking, Hemingway bet some friends that he could write a six-word short story. Incredulous, they all put money on the table, and on a napkin, Hemingway wrote the words “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” He won the bet. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence it ever happened.

Perfumes

Hemingway liked his perfume to be woody and spicy with notes of pepper, amber, leather, cardamom and ginger. He was also, besides the adventures of sailors of old, an inspiration for our first fragrance, Pomander

 

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