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American Literary Studies

The Charles D. Field Collection of Ernest Hemingway

The Papers

The Charles D. Field Collection of Ernest Hemingway is of particular interest because it includes Hemingway's correspondence with Carlos Baker, which begins in 1951 as Baker was writing Hemingway: The Writer As Artist and continues until 1961. In these 31 letters, which are not included in Baker's Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters, 1917-1961, Hemingway is remarkably generous in discussing his personal life and the process of writing. Also important is another set of largely unpublished letters Hemingway wrote to his close W.W.I. friend, Eric Edward "Chink" Dorman-Smith from 1950 to 1955. Frank and humorous in their tone, these revealing letters cover such topics as their shared war experiences, the political climate of the day, and Hemingway's reaction to receiving the Nobel Prize.

Additonally, the Field Collection of Hemingway features numerous first editions, many inscribed, as well as translations, articles, and galley proofs covering vitrually all of Hemingway's printed output, other Hemingway letters and Hemingway manuscripts from 1908 to 1961, along with documents relating to the writer's life, and correspondence about him from 1918 to 1963.

The Ernest Hemingway Collection of Charles D. Field (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1985) is an annotated catalogue of the collection. It does not, however, include details of the more recently acquired Dorman-Smith correspondence.

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M0440

Size: 1.25 linear feet

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961):

Journalist, short-story writer, essayist and novelist, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899. The author of numerous works, he first achieved critical success with The Sun Also Rises (1926). Throughout his life, he was renowned as much for his eventful personal life as his contributions to literature. Decorated for bravery in W.W.I, he embodied a masculine vigor in his pursuits of hunting and fishing. He was married three times: to Hadley Richardson in 1921, to Martha Gellhorn in 1940, and to Mary Welsh in 1946, and had three children: John Hadley Nicanor (first marriage), Patrick and Gregory (second marriage). His terse, economical prose style and a rejection of traditional values for a more individual moral system made his work distinctive. Though some critics argue that his early writing is his strongest, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. In the last few years of his life he was in poor health and unable to write. He committed suicide on July 2, 1961.

Arrangement of the Hemingway Papers:

The Hemingway collection is arranged as follows:

PART I: Writings by Hemingway

A. Books and Pamplets: American, English and English Language Editions

B. Contributions and First Appearances

C. Translations

D. Adaptations

E. Ephemera

PART II: Writings about Hemingway

A. Books and Pamphlets about Hemingway

B. Newspaper, Periodical and Ephemeral Material about Hemingway

PART III: Correspondence and Manuscripts Relating to Hemingway

A. Hemingway Correspondence

B. Hemingway Manuscripts and Documents

C. Correspondence Relating to Hemingway




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