Ernest Hemingway’s papers coming to America from Cuba

ErnestHemingwayAccording to the AP, the Finca Vigia Foundation is working with Cuba to preserve and digitize papers left by Papa in Cuba after his passing in 1961.

More than 2,000 items have been digitized and sent to the United States.  This enhances the collection of 3,000 documents – including a manuscript with an alternate ending to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” as well as corrected proofs of “The Old Man and the Sea” – to include passports showing where the Nobel Prize-winning novelist traveled, as well as personal correspondence.

From the AP:

“…On Monday at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Massachusetts and the Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation announced that 2,000 digital copies of Hemingway papers and materials will be transferred to Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library…”

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was a Nobel Prize laureate, author, and adventurer. His writing style continues to be a strong influence many writers, and the adventures he had through two World Wars, in Africa, as an ex-patriate, and as a journalist would become the stuff of legend.

Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Having suffered through two near-fatal airplane crashes in Africa, he didn’t travel to Stockholm to accept the award. Instead, he sent a speech to be read, which is still a good defnition of the writer’s life: “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.”

He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. After his passing, three more novels novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published.

Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida in the 1930s, Cuba in the 40s and 50s, and in Ketchum, Idaho from 1959 through his suicide in 1961.

You can read the entire AP story HERE.