Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on 21 July 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. His father, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, was a prominent physician and surgeon and a member of the staff of Oak Park Hospital. In Oak Park, Hemingway led the conventional, restrictive life that most boys of upper-middle-class families in late Victorian America endured; he attended public school, acted in school plays, played the cello, participated in team sports, and sang in the church choir. After graduation, Hemingway had three choices: war, work, or college. The United States had entered World War I two months before Hemingway graduated, but Dr Hemingway forbade his son's enlisting. Because of a deficiency in Hemingway's left eye, it is unlikely that the army would have accepted him. Hemingway's time in Kansas City was brief. In April 1918, he and Ted Brumback, a fellow reporter, enlisted in the American Red Cross and were assigned to drive ambulances for the Italian army. Hemingway was the first American to be wounded in Italy and was the first patient to be cared for in the new American Red Cross hospital in Milan. Despite all the biographies and studies of Hemingway and all he has told us about himself and his art, he remains enigmatic. He is one of the most photographed writers since Mark Twain, but the abundance of images create more questions about the man than they answer. In his short stories, Hemingway portrays a variety of a brutal world. Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Short Stories” by Ernest Hemingway.