Penn State's Many Connections to Hemingway Culminate in Letters Series

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September 23, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State faculty research about Ernest Hemingway spanning nearly six decades has resulted in both the first scholarly work published about the author and, this fall, the series debut of his only remaining unpublished work -- his letters.

The first volume of "The Letters of Ernest Hemingway" -- overseen by Sandra Spanier, general editor of the Hemingway Letters Project and Penn State professor of English -- was published Tuesday (Sept. 20) by Cambridge University Press. Its publication comes nearly 60 years after her doctoral mentor, Evan Pugh Professor of English Philip Young, authored the first scholarly book, titled simply "Ernest Hemingway," in 1952. Young was one of the earliest and most influential Hemingway scholars.

The Hemingway Letters Project at Penn State, its full title, is a cooperative venture of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society (which holds U.S. copyrights to the letters), the Hemingway estate (which holds international rights) and the University.

"Penn State has been a great institutional home for the Hemingway Letters Project because of the University's longstanding reputation in American literature generally, and then in Hemingway studies in particular because of Philip Young. He wrote the first critical study of Hemingway when Hemingway was alive, and Hemingway tried to stop it," Spanier noted.

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