On Monday, U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Massachusetts and the Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation announced that 2,000 digital copies of Hemingway papers and materials will be transferred (from Cuba) to Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library.
The records include passports showing Hemingway’s travels and letters commenting on such works as his 1954 Nobel Prize-winning “The Old Man and the Sea.” An earlier digitization effort that opened 3,000 Hemingway files in 2008 uncovered fragments of manuscripts, including an alternate ending to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and corrected proofs of “The Old Man and the Sea.”
The newest trove includes some of Hemingway’s personal correspondence,
Gosh wouldn’t it be REALLY JUICY if Hemingway’s correspondence with his Stalin-era KGB handlers were also included?
Can you imagine the reputation of a literary figure who worked (however briefly and ineffectually) for Hitler’s Abwehr surviving such a disclosure?…Can you even BEGIN TO IMAGINE(!!!) the non-stop media barrage denouncing him?
ALAS! Instead Hemingway offered his services to an outfit that murdered about five times as many people as did Hitler’s….nuff said “Pas d’ennemis a gauche, pas d’amis a droit.” (No enemies to the Left, no friends to the Right.) as the famous (and amply verified historically) pinko saying goes.