English 12: Research Essay

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I'm doing a research paper on Ernest Hemingway. I have to write 1,500 word essay on it. I chose to write about his jobs that helped him gain experience for writing and about his literary influences.

I need this for marks. I need people to read it over and what they think about it. Can you please take a moment and read this over.

Don't worry about grammar errors it's taken care of but haven't edited in yet.

I just want you to read my essay and to give feedback on it. whether it's good or not. Any suggestions that you think will make it better. Write down any comments you have (don't worry if it's wrong it's your opinion just want to know what you think). I really appreciate to take a moment and read it over put down comments.

ps: It's pretty long

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a great writer who influenced many writers through his stories and novels. His greatest goal was to become the best writer. His fictions were focused on his personal life experience. The stream of events in his life experience can be reflected on his writing. Hemingway once stated that "the writer's job is to tell the truth." He wanted his writing "to get the feeling of actual life across--not just to depict life or criticize it--but to actually make it alive." If he can make his characters true enough they would mean many things. Thanks to his many careers as a writer for newspapers and magazines he was able to find the truth in his writing. During his quest for truth he had many leading writers helped him enhance his ability as a writer. Ernest Hemingway gained experience writing through newspaper journalism and furthered his literary education through his many literary influences.

Ernest Hemingway developed his writing through working as a reporter and journalist in newspapers and magazines. He contributed in writing stories for the school newspaper, The Trapeze, and its literary magazine, Tabula. He contributed three stories during his junior year and during that time it revealed his early interest in violent death and suicide. Hemingway had written 24 articles for The Trapeze between November 1916 and May 1917. The quality of his work was not exceptional. Although the work he submitted wasn't all that great, but he gained experience that would help prepare him for his first job after graduating from high school. He took up the job as a cub reporter after high school with the Kansas City Star, one of the leading newspapers in America during that time period. He was given advice from first-rate journalistic professionals. Hemingway has to make his writing meet specific standard requirements with the Kansas City Star style sheet. The reporters have to avoid adjectives, use short sentences, brief paragraphs, vigorous English, and fresh phrases. This style of writing became the permanent influence in Hemingway's own style as a fiction writer. Hemingway covered the police station and the city hospital, and interviewed victims of accidents and violent crimes. By the end of April 1918, Hemingway left the Kansas City Star to join an American Red Cross ambulance unit in World War I. After his return from the war he worked very hard as a writer. He tried to follow a formula to sell his stories to any mass-market magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post. In the end the stories he submitted was in vain. His work was rejected because he couldn't find his own narrative voice or his own material. In January 1920, Hemingway left for Toronto and became a freelancer for the Toronto Star. After his marriage with Hadley Richardson he worked at Paris as a correspondent for the Toronto Star. He returned to Chicago in May and worked for the Co-operative Commonwealth, a monthly magazine. In November 1922, he was in Lausanne, Switzerland covering a peace conference on a territorial dispute between Greece and Turkey. Hemingway left Paris and returned to Toronto where he became a full-time reporter with the Toronto Star. After Christmas, Hemingway resigned his position as a reporter at Toronto Star. In February 1924, he returned to France where he worked as an unpaid assistant editor for transatlantic review, a journal founded by Ford Madox Ford that publish experimental fiction. Ford decided to go to New York to raise more money for the review. Ford wrote an announcement in the July issue that he is leaving the editorial duties to Hemingway while he is in New York. Upon Ford's return from New York he saw the contributor list for August issue. Ford thought that Hemingway had used the opportunity to publish his American friends' work while he was gone. Hemingway felt that his criticism was unfair because he had worked so hard for the review. In January 1925, the transatlantic review came to an end. His days as a journalist helped him gain the experience he needed to become a fiction writer. Journalism was only part of what made him a successful writer. He also had many leading writers at that period as his literary influences.

Ernest Hemingway had many writers as his literary influences that helped him become a better writer. These influences include, Sherwood Anderson, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein. In Chicago Hemingway befriended with Sherwood Anderson, an author of Whinesburg Ohio. Anderson encouraged Hemingway's writing efforts and convinced Hemingway to go to Paris because it was the place for any serious writers. Anderson's letters of introduction played a vital role for Hemingway's literary development. Anderson supplied Hemingway with letters of introduction to: Gertrude Stein, leader of the American expatriates, Sylvia Beach, owner of the English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company, James Joyce, writer who novel Beach was about to publish, and Ezra Pound, the influential poet. Anderson also mailed an introductory letter to Lewis Galantiere, one of his translators in France. Each of his letter praised Hemingway's extraordinary talent. Pound and Stein were important in his literary development. In February 1922, Hemingway met Ezra Pound, who was a major figure involved in the imagist movement during the period between 1909 and 1918. Pound became one of his most important literary friends. Pound was the one who helped get his early work published. Pound supervised Hemingway's literary education and recommended that he read works by T.S. Eliot and James Joyce. Pound encouraged him to delete unnecessary words and to give images meaning. Pound had submitted six of Hemingway's poems to the Dial, but the magazine editor rejected because Pound had also submitted T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land." Pound also accepted one of his stories for the Little Review, but unfortunately the editors rejected the submission. Harriet Monroe, an editor of Chicago little magazine, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse accepted six of Hemingway's poems. Even though Pound's editorial influence on his work wasn't as great compare to Eliot's, but was responsible for promoting his reputation and helped shape his career. In March 1922, Hemingway met Gertrude Stein. Stein pointed out that his novel contained too much description, and not particularly good description. She also pointed out that the heartless seduction scene in "Up in Michigan" made the story not suitable to be publish. Stein told Hemingway to "Begin over again and concentrate." Hemingway observed Stein's style of writing. Her writing was full of repeated words, phrases consisted of preposition and its object, and present participles. He credited Stein for helping him understanding prose rhythms. Hemingway said that he had learned how to write as much from painters as from other writers. He had studied paintings by Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Pablo Piasco, and Paul Cézanne. These are the painters that he admire because of their ability to capture the landscape. Paul Cézanne is his most favorite painter out of all of his other admired painters. In the ending of "Big Two-Hearted River" Nick Adams says that he wants to write the way Cézanne painted. When Hemingway returned to France Pound introduced him to Ford Madox Ford at his studio and Ford hired him as his assistant editor for the transatlantic review. His literary influences helped develop his path as a writer.

Ernest Hemingway became a successful writer through experience he gained from newspaper journalism and furthered development from his many literary influences. Through his many careers as a writer for newspapers and magazines helped fulfilled his quest for truth. Hemingway observed and learned different style of writing through leading writers of the time he had met in Paris. He used the knowledge he had gained into his writing. Without the help his literary influences he wouldn't be the Ernest Hemingway whose stories and novels influenced generation of writers.

please give any suggestions and thank you

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    Writeacher has already read and commented on this essay.

    Until you follow her instructions about a thesis statement and outline, I doubt if any tutors here will be able to help you.

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    I thought about your first paragraph. That business of "truth"...do you have reference cites for that? I think he learned style ..short sentences, few adjectives, and hearty content full of images. I am not certain truth was part of it. If you have references for that, you need to use them.

    Secondly, if this is a research paper, you need cites. You have a lot of facts attributed to people, but no cites. In the final paragraph, you again refer to the quest for truth. He was a fiction writer, after all.

    I think I would focus more on what Hemmingway said about the subject, rather than what others said about it, if you can find references.

    One of Hemmingways characteristics was writing discipline: He wrote on a clock, in solitude. I suspect that came to him by prior experience.

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    Works Cited

    Beegel, Susan F. "Ernest Hemingway." American Short-Story Writers, 1910-1945: Second Series. Ed. Bobby Ellen Kimbel. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 102. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Nov. 2011.

    Gerogiannis, Nicholas. "Ernest Hemingway." American Writers in Paris, 1920-1939. Ed. Karen Lane Rood. Detroit: Gale Research, 1980. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 4. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Nov. 2011.

    Nagel, James. "Ernest Hemingway." American Novelists, 1910-1945. Ed. James J. Martine. Detroit: Gale Research, 1981. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 9. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Nov. 2011.

    Unrue, John C. "Ernest Hemingway." Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 2. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 330. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Nov. 2011.

    "Ernest (Miller) Hemingway." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Nov. 2011

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    I guess I didn't make what I want you to do clear enough.
    I'm not asking you to help me write the essay.
    Peer Editing:
    I just want you to read it and what you think about my essay. How did you like it. Which parts you think I need to change. I just want feedback so next time I write it I would remember what to do and what not to do.
    Is this clear enough? If not tell me.

    please and thank you

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    You are not listening to what those critique are saying.

    You have no thesis.
    You are not giving references for specific "facts" you are relaying to the reader.
    You are not developing what Hemmingway said about writing, and style, and looking to tell the story how he learned that craft.

    Here are five pages of his thoughts on writing and life. How did he come to learn these? That is what you are assigned, I think. It is a great assignment, one which should choose you to tell it, not one you retale what others have said (and not giving in text references to those statements).

    Focusing on a thesis may sharpen your story and arguments.

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    My link did not copy.

    Ok, here is what I thought of it.
    You make statements which are not supported. You are wordy without a thesis map. You writing is not alive, you are repeating what others thought, but ignoring what Hemmingway said about it.
    Do you really think we volunteer time here to tell you nonsense? We have been around some time, and some of us have written for profit, for fun, or just telling a story. You really ought to listen to when experience gives you feedback. Although it is free advice here, it probably could be valuable to you if you did not repeat those shortcomings. Have I made myself clear? Good luck.

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    ok I give up I guess I can't make you understand what I'm asking clear enough. Obviously I fail.

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    You made yourself clear. You have chosen not to accept the advice of experts.

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    maybe I should ask you this: Do you know what I'm asking you to do?

    because I don't think you know what I'm asking for.

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    what do you understand?

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    To bobpursley: I'm suppose to gather infromation from books and articles that other people wrote about. Well stuff in my college library database that is.

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    This is what you asked us to do.

    "I just want you to read my essay and to give feedback on it. whether it's good or not. Any suggestions that you think will make it better. Write down any comments you have (don't worry if it's wrong it's your opinion just want to know what you think). I really appreciate to take a moment and read it over put down comments. "

    We did.

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    ok my thesis needs revising I got that.
    the two body paragraphs I wrote is either wrong or not I don't know. my assignment was to gathering information from books and/or articles in my library database.
    This is what I chose to write about: his jobs he took and who influence his writing.
    I could write an essay about a lot of things about Ernest Hemingway such as his writing or his life.

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    I don't think my essay is wrong I got all this from articles. sure my writing needs to work on a lot.

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