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Ernest Hemingway In His Time

Earliest Writing

Hemingway in Senior Tabula Ernest Hemingway's earliest writing samples are from his high school days in Oak Park, Illinois, where he served as editor of the school newspaper and contributed to the yearbook. "None are to be found more clever than Ernie" reads the line with his senior picture. Hemingway spent each of his first nineteen summers on family vacations in Northern Michigan, a location that inspired stories of the outdoors and masculine adventures, later published in The Nick Adams Stories.

Senior Tabula
Oak Park, Illinois (June 1917).

Senior Tabula was the class yearbook of the Oak Park - River Forest High School which Hemingway attended. In addition to writing the "Class Prophecy" for the Senior Tabula, Hemingway appears in a number of photographs.

Senior Tabula

"How Ballad Writing Affects Our Seniors" in Tabula,
carbon typescript, November 1916, 1 p.

Hemingway's effort at poetry for his high school newspaper promised not to venture into rhyme in his future as a writer.


Ernest Hemingway's Apprenticeship,
edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli.
Washington, D.C.: NCR Microcard Editions [1971].

This collection gathers together all of Ernest Hemingway's writings published in The Trapeze and The Tabula while he was a student at Oak Park - River Forest High School.


Hokum: a Play in Three Acts,
by Morris McNeil and Ernest Hemingway.
Wellesley Hills [Mass.]: Sans Souci Press, 1978.

Though unattributed, Hemingway was almost certainly the co-author of this play. Although it was not published until Hemingway had been dead for seventeen years, Hokum represents one of his earliest known pieces of writing.


"Rainbow trout,"
photograph from the collection of Louis Henry Cohn.

Hemingway's love of fishing began at his family's summer home on Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan, which served as the setting for many of the Nick Adams stories. Hemingway pursued his passion for the sport of fishing all over the world, from Michigan, Wyoming, and Key West, to Spain, Africa, and Europe.

Hemingway with trout

The Nick Adams Stories
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972.

This collection brings together all of Hemingway's stories featuring his best-known early protagonist, Nick Adams. Eight of the stories are published here for the first time.


Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
20th Century-Fox [1962]

Exhibitor's campaign manual and sales brochure for posters and accessories for this 1962 film, which had a screenplay adapted from Hemingway's stories by his friend and future biographer, A.E. Hotchner.


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