published Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

New Hemingway artifacts from Cuba at JFK Library

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    This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, shows an insurance document related to Ernest Hemingway’s 1941 Plymouth station wagon, one of many new items from his former Cuban estate being made available at the museum.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BOSTON — Materials from Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home are now available for researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The 2,500 digitally scanned documents were housed at Hemingway's former Cuban estate, called the Finca Vigía, where he lived for 21 years. He died in 1961. Hemingway wrote many of his works there, including "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea."

This is the first time anyone in the United States can examine the items, which include car insurance for a 1941 Plymouth Station Wagon, a license to carry arms in Cuba, bull fighting tickets and a recipe from his fourth wife for "Papa's Favorite Hamburger."

The Kennedy Library has the world's largest collection of Hemingway's life and work.

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