Cool To Do: “Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars” at the Morgan Library

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Hemingway’s passport photo (Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

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Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars at the Morgan Library

If you happen to find yourself in Manhattan before January 31, check out the Morgan Library’s exhibit “Ernest Hemingway:  Between Two Wars.” The exhibit highlights in wonderful detail the evolution of both Hemingway’s writing from some of his earliest works, including Up in Michigan, through several of his most popular writings including For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms.

From the Morgan library’s website:

“This is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), one of the most celebrated American authors of the 20th century. Organized in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, it includes multiple drafts of Hemingway’s earliest short stories, notebooks, heavily revised manuscripts and typescripts of his major novels—The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. The show also presents correspondence between Hemingway and his legendary circle of expatriate writers in 1920s Paris, including Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Beach. Focusing on the inter-war years, the exhibition explores the most consistently creative phase of Hemingway’s career and includes inscribed copies of his books, a rarely-seen 1929 oil portrait, photographs, and personal items.”

The exhibit closes on January 31.

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Ernest Hemingway seated in 1925 with the persons depicted in the novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The individuals depicted include Hemingway, Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden; and Hadley Richardson, Ogden Stewart and Pat Guthrie. Original caption is “Ernest Hemingway with Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley Hemingway, Lonnie Schutte and three unidentified people at a cafe in Pamplona, Spain, during the Fiesta of San Fermin in July 1925.” (Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

Hemingway’s Rules on Writing

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.” -Ernest Hemingway, from A Moveable Feast[/pullquote]

One of the first things you will notice on the wall of the exhibit are the rules that Hemingway was taught at the Kansas City Star, where he was a reporter from October 1917, until April 1918. According to the paper’s “Star Copy Style,” style guide, the rules that Hemingway spent a lifetime adhering to are:

•Use short sentences
•Use short first paragraphs
•Use vigorous English
•Be positive, not negative

The Morgan Library

According to the Morgan’s website, the library is, “A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.”

The Morgan Library is located on Madison Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. For additional information and hours of operation, please visit their website HERE.

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About the Author

Preston Ehrler spent 17 years on Wall Street in New York City working for Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and Bear Stearns. He was also a principal at an options strategy based hedge fund. He is the founder and Editor of MilfordNow and PortJervisNow.

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