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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hemingway in Fact and Fiction


The J. F. K. Presidential Library and Museum in Boston has an extensive collection of Ernest Hemingway papers and photographs. Earlier this month a new exhibit opened. It is titled "Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars" and will be on display through December 31. The exhibit showcases
the JFK Library’s Hemingway Collection, this is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work and life of Ernest Hemingway. The exhibit features a trove of rarely exhibited material, including multiple drafts of the writer’s major works, correspondence with a legendary circle of expatriate writers living in 1920s Paris, as well as photographs and a selection of Hemingway’s personal belongings. Created in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum, the exhibition humanizes a man who was larger than life and documents the consummate craftsmanship and discipline at the heart of Hemingway’s literary genius.
Of special interest to readers writers are Hemingway's notebooks and drafts of his novels. History buffs will be interested to see his War War I War Merit Cross, and his World War II dog tags. Social history students will find information and photos of France and Spain, and of those creative people who became known as the "Lost Generation."

Hemingway has captured the imagination of many fiction writers and he is the subject of, or a character in, several novels including the book discussion group favorite, The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain [F MCL, eBook], Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Terese Fowler [F FOW], Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood [eBook], and AdiĆ³s Hemingway by Leonardo Padura Fuentes [F PAD].

Don't miss Midnight in Paris, a film by Woody Allen, where Hemingway is portrayed by actor Corey Stoll [DVD MID].

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