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John Hemingway & A.E. Hotchner

Ernest Hemingway Collection

John Hemingway's "first copy" of his father's first book: Three Stories and Ten Poems (Paris, 1923) is inscribed in the year of his birth to his mother, Hadley, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). Only 300 copies were printed. Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in 1954.

The A.E. Hotchner/ Ernest Hemingway collection includes papers, photographs, film and rare sound recordings. A.E. Hotchner was a close friend of the Hemingways during the last 14 years of the novelist's life. In 1948 Hotchner went to Cuba to induce Hemingway to write a magazine article on the future of literature. That meeting led to a series of adventures and travels with the author which are described in Hotchner's memoir, Papa Hemingway (1966, 1983). Novelist, biographer and dramatist, A.E. Hotchner, adapted some of Hemingway's works for television.

Between their world-wide escapades together, the two corresponded. Highlighting the papers are eight informal and intimate, original, unpublished letters from Hemingway to Hotchner-four typed and four handwritten, mostly from his Finca Vigia home near Havana. Also included are photocopies of approximately 150 other letters showing the complete 1948-1961 correspondence between the friends. Other papers are two typewritten versions of Hemingway's last work, The Dangerous Summer (publ. 1985) and a copy of the manuscript of "The Sea" (published posthumously with different editing as Islands in the Stream). There are also typescripts and copies of seven minor poems, seven short stories and an essay.

As much as he liked to write letters, Hemingway was said to dislike recording his voice or image, which makes the audio-visual gifts in the collection quite rare. Some 300 photographs show portraits of the young and older Hemingway, pictures of the two friends hunting and traveling together, as well as one of Hotchner at the bull ring dressed as a matador when Hemingway, as a prank, coerced him into participating in a major bullfight. Magnetic tapes record Hemingway talking about writing in Spain during their civil war and a recitation of his Nobel Prize speech-which he did not go to Sweden to deliver. The rare 15 spools of wire recordings of Hemingway's voice require specialized conservation and transfer skills uniquely available in the Library. Home movies originally on three reels of silent, color 16 mm. motion picture film show Hemingway in the 1950s fishing for marlin from his boat the Pilar, playing with pets, driving through Cuba, talking with wife Mary in front of their homes there and later in Ketchum , Idaho. Hotchner made most of the films and photographs, and Hemingway gave Hotchner the films and tapes during their long friendship.





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