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Hemingway Days | Sandra Spanier and Robert K. Elder: Hemingway’s First Short Story Found in Key West

25-July from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Sandra Spanier and Robert K. Elder: Hemingway’s First Short Story Found in Key West

Hemingway’s first short story was found here in Key West just a few short years ago, in ammunition box in the Bruce family archives. Joining us to talk about the story — an untitled, fictional travelogue to Ireland — will be Hemingway scholar Sandra Spanier, who helped discover it, and Robert K. Elder, who wrote the story for The New York Times. The story, written when Hemingway was just 10, provides unique insights into the writer that he would become. Spanier and Elder will talk about how the story was found and how it ended up in Florida.

About the Presenters:

Sandra Spanier is Professor of English at Penn State University and General Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, an effort to publish the author’s complete collected letters in a projected 17 volumes.  The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume 5 (1932-1934) was just released in June by Cambridge University Press.  In addition to her Hemingway work, she has published books and articles about American women writers Kay Boyle, whose long career also began in Paris in the 1920s,  and Martha Gellhorn, who did not wish to be remembered as “Hemingway’s third wife.”

Robert K. Elder is the author and editor of 13 books, including Hidden Hemingway and the forthcoming Hemingway in Comics, which will be released in September. He is the Chief Digital Officer for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Paris Review and many other outlets. His website is www.robertkelder.com.

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Sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


July 25, 2020
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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