When Gaylord Johnson Jr. was struggling with a term paper at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., he figured he’d ask for help from someone who knew the material best: Ernest Hemingway.
Johnson’s letter, along with more than 3,000 other documents from Hemingway’s time in Cuba, was previously tucked away in the basement of Hemingway’s estate at Finca Vigia, unseen by scholars and researchers.
Now, thanks to an agreement between U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., and the Cuban government, copies of those writings are at the John F. Kennedy Library.
The archival replicas include corrected proofs of “The Old Man and the Sea,” a movie script based on the novel, an alternate ending to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and thousands of letters, with correspondence from authors Sinclair Lewis and John Dos Passos and actress Ingrid Bergman. The documents were previewed last Thursday and will likely be available to researchers in late spring.
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