Manuscripts among rare Hemingway items shown at JFK library

Ernest Hemingway and John F. Kennedy never met, but the author’s most extensive personal collection is housed at JFK’s presidential library and is now on public display.

The exhibition opening this week in Boston includes original manuscripts of some of his most famous literary works; letters to other major literary figures of his time; photographs and other personal mementos.

Billed as the most extensive museum exhibition devoted to the Nobel Prize winner’s life and work, “Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars,” enjoyed a three-month run at New York’s Morgan Library Museum last year.

After Hemingway’s death in 1961, Kennedy helped his widow gain access to the author’s former home in Cuba to retrieve his papers and other belongings. Mary Hemingway later decided to offer the collection to the Kennedy library.

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