Ernest Hemmingway & Sons

The Hemmingway Family.


This picture is one of Ernest Hemmingway and his sons standing on the docks of Bimini Docks. Taken in 1935, the picture shows Ernest and his boys, Patrick, Jack, and Gregory. The family is posing with the catch after a long day of fishing for blue marlins.

Ernest Hemmingway was born in 1899 and grew up learning how to hunt and fish. His parents were intellectual and highly respected in their community, but they also made sure their son knew of the primal skills to survive. He greatly appreciated this as it helped him to establish a fondness for nature. When he was eighteen, Hemmingway signed up with the Red Cross to be an ambulance driver on the frontlines of WWI. His first day on the job was absolutely atrocious because he was sent to the scene of a munitions factory explosion. He was tasked with having to collect bodies and remains from the rubble. This had an immensely negative effect on him, instilling him with a deep hatred for warfare.

This theme would be prevalent in many of Hemmingway’s stories including “A Farewell to Arms,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Hemmingway would become one of the early 1900’s most famous authors. His books would cover an incredible range of touchy subjects of the time, including war and the environment. Nature would also remain important to him in his work with such books as “The Old Man and the Sea.” The setting of this photograph was also an inspiration for that story. The book followed an old fisherman as he tried to catch a marlin like those in the picture. Hemmingway would unfortunately pass away in 1961.