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Ernest Hemingway Was Secretly Hired As A KGB Spy - And Sucked At It

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There are countless debates out there surrounding Ernest Hemingway, including whether or not he’s the greatest American novelist of all-time, as well as about the themes of misogyny in his writing (and his life). But, there’s another, less literature-based question lingering about the author – was Ernest Hemingway a spy? Specifically, was there a direct connection between Hemingway and the KGB? The notion might seen ridiculous, but enough evidence has come to light in recent years that it’s now a historical certainty – Hemingway: a Soviet spy. One J. Edgar Hoover and his CIA were on to, at that.

Hemingway, who was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on July 21, 1899, lived in the United States for much of his 61 year, but it was his international cavorting that got him involved in the whole clandestine-operative thing. Hemingway is most famous for his great works like A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, and for his winning of a Nobel Prize. Unfortunately, Hemingway was never really able to say farewell to his time as a spy, something that led directly to the final bell tolling on this particular tale of an old man and the KGB.

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