It would be hard to a find a writer who lived a more adventurous life than Ernest Hemingway. Not long after learning to walk, he developed a love of fishing and hunting and other sports that remained for the rest of his life. He survived a serious wound in World War I and decided to try to become a successful writer.
His first novel, The Sun Also Rises, made him famous. The continued success of his writing and his rugged lifestyle soon made him an almost larger-than-life figure. He attracted the same sort of media attention as modern-day pop stars. More than 40 years after his death, people still instantly recognize his picture.