Rare collection of Hemingway manuscripts opens in Boston

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A first of its kind exhibit dedicated to Ernest Hemingway opens this month at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Hemingway famously spent time in – and wrote about – his time in Northern Michigan.

Stacey Bredhoff is a curator with the JFK Presidential Library. She said the exhibit features several of Hemingway’s first drafts for the ending of A Farewell to Arms.

“What you get a clear sense of when visiting the exhibition is just how hard he worked as a writer. He famously wrote 47 different endings to A Farewell to Arms and we have eight of them on display as well as his final one.”

Towards the end of his life Hemingway lived in Cuba.

That made it difficult, after he passed away in 1961, to access all of his materials. Most were in Cuba, and American’s were not allowed into the country.

Stacey Bredhoff is a curator with the JFK Presidential Library. She said it was the Kennedy administration that helped Hemingway’s widow, Mary, travel to Cuba to collect his things.

“In later years when it came time for her to donate the collection she decided to donate it to the Kennedy library. That’s how they ended up here.”

The exhibit will be open through December.