Ernest Hem­ing­way, schol­ars says, kept every scrap of paper he ever touched. Hid­den Hem­ing­way, then, is a time cap­sule, a biog­ra­phy through the objects and ephemera that he kept and trea­sured. Thor­ough­ly researched, and illus­trat­ed with more than 300 col­or images, this book includes nev­er-before-pub­lished pho­tos; love let­ters; bull­fight­ing mem­o­ra­bil­ia; high school assign­ments; ado­les­cent diaries; Hemingway’s ear­li­est pub­lished work; and even a den­tal X-ray. Some of what we found con­tra­dict­ed the pub­lic image Hem­ing­way built for him­self, while some of it sup­ports his larg­er-than-life myth. In all, we hoped not only to provide insight, but also to make Hem­ing­way human again.

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 

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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

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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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What an absolute delight to have the trea­sures of the Oak Park Hem­ing­way archives col­lect­ed between two cov­ers: lit­tle-known and pre­vi­ous­ly unpub­lished pho­tographs, fam­i­ly mem­o­ra­bil­ia, his­toric images of Oak Park, news­pa­per clip­pings, love let­ters, boy­hood note­books, Hemingway’s ear­li­est fic­tion, and much, much more. A gem for schol­ars and fans alike!”
Carl P. Eby, co-edi­tor of Hemingway’s Spain: Imag­in­ing the Span­ish World 

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The­se man­u­scripts, pho­tographs, and objects drawn from Hem­ing­way’s per­son­al papers might have the aura of a reli­quary if they did not also and so uncan­ni­ly con­vey a kind of long­ing known to those of us who spend our lives in the archives. Here not Hem­ing­way, and not the authors of the present vol­ume, but the archive itself must be cred­it­ed as memoirist—a mem­oirist, more­over, who wakes us up to the souls of arti­facts. The painstak­ing research involved in the doc­u­men­ta­tion of the­se pieces nev­er threat­ens to dis­turb their mys­te­ri­ous silence or their infinite sum­mons.”
Mar­ta Wern­er, edi­tor of The Gor­geous Noth­ings: Emi­ly Dickinson’s Envelope Poems