Items from Hemingway's Cuba home go to JFK
WASHINGTON (AP) - While most Americans have never seen Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba where he wrote some of his most famous books, a set of 2,000 recently digitised records delivered to the United States (US) will give scholars and the public a fuller view of records the famous novelist left behind.
A private US foundation is working with Cuba to preserve more of Hemingway's papers, books and belongings that have been kept at his home near Havana since he died in 1961. On Monday at the US Capitol, Rep James McGovern and the Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation announced that of 2,000 digital copies of Hemingway papers and materials will be transferred to Boston's John F Kennedy Library.
This is the first time anyone in the US has been able to examine these items from the writer's Cuban estate, Finca Vigia. The records include passports showing Hemingway's travels, and letters commenting on such works as his 1954 Nobel Prize-winning The Old Man And The Sea. An earlier digitisation effort that opened 3,000 Hemingway files in 2008 uncovered fragments of manuscripts, including an alternate ending to For Whom The Bell Tolls and corrected proofs of The Old Man And The Sea.
The newest trove includes some of Hemingway's personal correspondence, including a letter that literary critic Malcolm Cowley wrote to Hemingway about the award-winning book.