In part because he is one of America's greatest writers, Ernest Hemingway's stature as a literary giant has reached around the globe. National boundaries do not contain great writing, and Hemingway's popularity in other parts of the world are a testimony to the quality of his prose. I think his own personal exploits helped to create a larger-than-life image that became attractive to many prospective readers; but more importantly, Hemingway's settings encompassed many locales around the world. His stories are set in many different places, from the mundane to the exotic: Middle America, Florida, Cuba, Spain and Africa are just a few of the places that both Hemingway and his own fictional characters inhabited. Combined with his knack for great story-telling, it's no wonder that Hemingway's international reputation is as strong as in his homeland.