Hemingway V’s Tolstoy

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Epic Battles
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Ernest hemming way considered by many Americas greatest writer and Leo Tolstoy the worlds greatest writer but which of them would win a bar room brawl!

and so we go to their record’s

First Hemingway

Born Ernest Hemingway on  July 21, 1899 in Idaho lived to July 2, 1961 when he took his own life

best known for “for whom the bell tolls” and “the old man and the sea”

HE went to world war 1 as an ambulance driver which while no doubt would have been dangerous(he came home wounded) it would have given him little combat training, worked as a journalist covering the Spanish war and then WW2 where he was present at D-day and the Liberation of Paris. He won the nobel prize was married 4 times and survived a plane crash although it left him in permanent pain, his writing style was one of understatement and powerful straight talking so we can assume he would have a basic but hard-hitting fighting style.

and

Tolstoy

Born Leo Tolstoy on September 9, 1828 and dying November 20, 1910

best know for “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”

He was born to a russian noble family and but ended up living the life of a russian peasant. His conversion from a dissolute and privileged society author to the non-violent and spiritual anarchist of his latter days was brought about by his experience in the army as well as two trips around Europe in 1857 and 1860–61. An incredibly respected author as this quote from Chekhov shows

“When literature possesses a Tolstoy, it is easy and pleasant to be a writer; even when you know you have achieved nothing yourself and are still achieving nothing, this is not as terrible as it might otherwise be, because Tolstoy achieves for everyone. What he does serves to justify all the hopes and aspirations invested in literature.” Fought in a russian artillery division before much latter becoming a Christian pacifist anarchist, but most importantly hated Shakespeare even going so far as to write an essay on why the exalted place he was given in literature was a great evil.

While his non violent stance later in life was an inspiration to ghandi he was a gambler and drinker in his youth when he will be chosen for this fight

So we get to the interesting part does the american or the russian win Hemingway or Tolstoy, were it a battle of prose of thought or of words Tolstoy would have no trouble defeating him and even as a test of strength I see a Tolstoy win but his pacifist beliefs and privileged upbringing before them gives the win to Hemingway.

But on an awesome scale Tolstoy still wins!

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