During a recent visit to New York, I had an opportunity to see the, first of its kind, Ernest Hemingway Exhibition at the Morgan Library on Madison Ave. in Manhattan. The exhibit is titled, Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars, and it looked at his life and work focusing primarily on the time period from 1919 through the late 1940’s.
The exhibit, curated by Declan Kiely in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, is broken into six sections. I was in a group of about 50 people who were taken through and shown each section by a lovely women who was excellent and in my opinion was well-read in regard to Hemingway. The first ever museum exhibit featured a collection of 100+ artifacts, including his passport, an original Hemingway portrait, photos, dog tags, and handwritten correspondence between Hemingway and his parents, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Dorothy Parker.
The six sections of the exhibit included: The “Prophet”(covered his early years through high school), World War I, Paris, Key West and Havana, World War II, and finally, An Old Hunter Talking to Gods.
During my three hour visit I picked up a copy of A.E. Hotchner’s new book, Hemingway in Love: His Own Story (St. Martin’s, 2015) at the Morgan Library bookstore, as well as a photo of E.H. There was also a copy of Hemingway’s Camping Out which I had not previously seen but fortunate for me a good friend made it a Christmas gift for me.
I would highly recommend a visit to experience Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars – on display at the Morgan through Jan. 31, 2016.