What Made the Bell Toll?

Ernest Hemingway, one of the most well-known fictional writers, was also often inspired by real-life events. The Old Man and the Sea was inspired by an actual old man on a little boat that Hemingway and his friend came across on a fishing trip. A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises were inspired both inspired by World War I. He drew inspiration from the Spanish Civil War and War World II as well. According to him, war is one of the best things to draw inspiration from, if not the best. Places and events often led to a book by Hemingway, especially of they were major or traumatic. He joined the Red Cross ambulance Corp., which is probably why war was a major contributor to his writing. He also drew inspiration from his friends, some of whom were also writers or painters. They encouraged and supported him as he pursued his career in writing.

Source:
http://www.timelesshemingway.com/content/influencesfaq

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