Hidden Hemingway with authors Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino

February 18th 2017 @ 11:00am
Lilly Library
1200 East 7th Street
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN 47405
Cover of the book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park

Please join us Saturday, February 18th, 11:00 AM for a talk, and book-signing with authors Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino. Their book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, written with Aaron Vetch, is part time capsule, part biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author. This hardcover coffee table book features never-before-seen items such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets, love letters — even a lost love poem that reveals breaks new ground in Hemingway scholarship. Hidden Hemingway is a chance for a new generation to discover a literary genius and for fans to see him as more than just the larger-than-life myth he created for himself.

Hidden Hemingway also includes one of the final letters Hemingway wrote, as he was undergoing electroshock treatment at the Mayo Clinic. These documents, photographs, and ephemera trace the trajectory of the life of an American literary legend.

The items showcased in Hidden Hemingway are more than stage dressing for a literary life, more than marginalia. They provide definition—and, in some cases, documentation—of Hemingway’s ambition, heartbreak, literary triumphs and trials, and joys and tragedies. Hemingway’s stature as an author draws readers, biographers and historians to his work. The wealth of material he left behind makes him such a compelling, engaging, and often polarizing figure.

For Hemingway, the material he saved was both autobiography and research. He gathered data and details that made the life lived in his books more authentic. The authors of Hidden Hemingway have strived to do the same, telling a life story through items that illuminate Hemingway’s life and legacy.

Meet the authors and buy your copy on Saturday, February 18 at the Lilly Library. The program will begin at 11:00 AM with an introduction by Professor Scott Herring (Dept. of English). Light refreshments will be provided. 


Praise for Hidden Hemingway:

“Ernest Hemingway was the genuine literary giant of my youth: we groundlings studied him closely, we imitated and then we parodied him, we admired the fine figure he cut and envied his celebrity, and now fifty years later, it’s a privilege to look through his closet and read his stuff and discover him as a mortal man.”
Garrison Keillor, author of Lake Wobegon and A Visit to Mark Twain’s House 

“Hidden Hemingway offers remarkable insights into the complex and frequently-tortured inner life of one of the 20th Century American authors most likely to survive the test of time. An invaluable book for anyone interested in Hemingway or the development of a major creative mind.”
Scott Turow, author of Identical and Presumed Innocent

“A fascinating book about the most fascinating writer in American history. Hemingway’s life unfolds from these pages in brilliant detail and endless surprise.”
Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster

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1200 E Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
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Joel Silver
Joel Silver - Director, Librarian
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