News from the Hemingway collection.
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
On April 7, 2002, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for the best first work of fiction was presented to Justin Cronin for Mary and O'Neil (The Dial Press). Finalists for the award were Peter Orner for Esther Stories (Houghton Mifflin Company) and Manil Suri for The Death of Vishnu (W.W. Norton & Company). Runners-up were Carolyn Cooke for The Bostons (Houghton Mifflin Company) and Micheline Aharonian Marcom for Three Apples Fell From Heaven (Riverhead Books). Patrick Hemingway presented the award to Cronin at an afternoon ceremony at the Library. A highlight of the ceremony was keynote speaker Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, China Men, Hawaii One Summer, and Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book. The Hemingway Research Room was open for tours and a reception followed the ceremony.
The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award was created in 1976 by PEN member Mary Hemingway both to honor the memory of Ernest Hemingway and to draw attention to first books of fiction. Since Mary Hemingway's death in 1986, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation has continued to fund the award, from the endowment she created. Administered by PEN, the only worldwide organization of writers, editors, and publishers, the award ceremony was permanently moved to the John F. Kennedy Library through the efforts of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1992. Since 1995, the Ucross Foundation, a residence for artists and writers located in Clearmont, Wyoming, has offered expense-paid residences to the winner, runners-up, and alternates. The Hemingway Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, PEN New England, the Friends of the Hemingway Collection, the Boston Globe and the Ucross Foundation sponsor the ceremony and reception.
Openings and Recent Acquisitions
The Papers of Jane Mason have been processed and are open for research. Jane Mason and her husband, George Grant Mason, an executive with Pan American Airways, became friends with Ernest and Pauline Hemingway and introduced the Hemingways to Cuban society. The papers consist of correspondence between Jane Mason and the Hemingways in the form of letters and telegrams from their residences in New York, Florida, Cuba, and from their travels, mainly from 1932 to 1938. The papers also contain correspondence between Jane Mason and mutual friends of the Hemingways, other associates, and family members. Included in the collection is a snakeskin-covered scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of Jane Mason's social life, 1926-1936. Other items include newspaper clippings, poems and writings, invitations, photographs and other miscellaneous items.
A new acquisition has come to the Library: the original typescript draft of Islands in the Stream, Miami section. This manuscript is the same as number 102 listed in the catalog and described as a "typescript of manuscript, Miami section" and number 102.b listed in the catalog. However, this original typescript has corrections in pencil not included on 102 or 102.b. Published in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (Scribners 1987), as "The Strange Country," the manuscript is divided into four chapters and contains 130 pages. It is closed pending processing.
To obtain information about the holdings of the Ernest Hemingway Collection and related collections, researchers are encouraged to contact me at 617-929-1229 and also to consult the Catalog of the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, published by G.K. Hall & Co., 1982. The two-volume catalog is available in many libraries or can be obtained along with addenda through interlibrary loan from the Kennedy Library. The manuscript portion is available online at URL: http://www.jfk Library.org/hemingway_menu.html.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides funds for a number of research grants, primarily for research in newly opened or relatively unused portions of the Collection, but all proposals are welcome and will receive careful consideration. Grants are in the range of $200 to $1,000. The purpose of these grants is to help defray living, travel, and related costs incurred while doing research in the Hemingway Collection. Scholars and students are invited by the Kennedy Library and Library Foundation to apply for these research grants. Grant applications are evaluated on the basis of expected use of the Hemingway Collection and the degree to which they address research needs in Hemingway and related studies. For applications and more information, contact James Roth at 617-929-1229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAMES M. ROTH The John F. Kennedy Library
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|Author:||Roth, James M.|
|Publication:||The Hemingway Review|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2002|
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