July 20 is the birthdate of Ernest Hemingway. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works during his lifetime. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. His experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during World War I formed the basis for his novel, A Farewell to Arms, the bleak story of a doomed romance between a soldier and a British nurse. It was first serialized in Scribner’s magazine in 1929. The success of the book made Hemingway financially independent.