Originally written on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Novelist and journalist Ernest Hemingway was a man’s man. At age 19, Hemingway volunteered to man an ambulance on the Italian front during the First World War. He was embedded as a reporter covering the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, and the liberation of Paris in 1944 (where he was known to slap on a helmet and grab a rifle himself – he earned a Bronze Star, but not for that). The man known as “Papa” was a boxer, big-game hunter, and sport fisherman, and survived two plane crashes on successive days. On a vacation trip to Spain in the 1920s, Hemingway became fascinated by the running of the bulls at the annual Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona – where participants try to stay ahead of the massively horned, two-ton creatures running wildly through narrow cobblestone streets seeking to gore any human being in their path. Hemingway included those bull-running adventures in The Sun Also Rises, his first, and perhaps most brilliant, novel. It is, ma...
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