May 28, 2022

Unpublished Letters Written by Ernest Hemingway Made Available for the First Time by JFK Library

From the JFK Library Announcement:

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that fifteen letters written by Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway to his close friend Gianfranco Ivancich have been made available to scholars. Hemingway met Ivancich and his sister, Adriana, who became the author’s muse, while visiting Venice in 1949. The letters provide a glimpse into Hemingway’s life in Cuba and his travels around the world.

The Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library spans Hemingway’s entire career and represents ninety percent of existing Hemingway manuscript materials, making the Kennedy Library the world’s principal center for research on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway.

Spanning the years 1953 to 1960, the fifteen pieces of correspondence written by Ernest Hemingway were purchased from Gianfranco Ivancich by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in November 2011. The letters, twelve of which have never before been published, are both handwritten and typed, many with signatures and handwritten notes in the margins. Hemingway wrote to his Venetian friend from Cuba, where he was living during this period, and also while in Ketchum, Idaho; Kilimanjaro; Nairobi; Paris; and Madrid. These new letters complement the 23 letters and cables from Ivancich and five from Hemingway to Ivancich that are already in the Hemingway Collection at the Kennedy Library.

Learn More About the Letters

Also Available: Cropped Portions of Selected Letters (Text and Images)

Thanks to NARA’s “Our President’s” Tumblr Blog for Alerting Us to the JFK Library News

The Hemingways with friends at the Floridita in Havana, Cuba. (L-R) Roberto Hererra, unidentified, Gianfranco Ivancich, Mary Hemingway, unidentified, Ernest Hemingway, and Adriana Ivancich. C.1950s. Copyright: Unknown (via JFK Library)

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