Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Collection by Ernest Hemingway
While Ernest Hemingway and President Kennedy never met, President Kennedy more than once expressed his admiration for Hemingway and his work.
When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961, a large portion of his literary and personal estate remained at his Cuban home, the Finca Vigia, which he had left during Fidel Castro's revolution. Despite a U.S. ban on travel to Cuba - the result of high tensions between the two countries following the Bay of Pigs incident - President Kennedy made arrangements for Mary Hemingway, Ernest's widow to enter Cuba to claim family documents and belongings.
In 1964, at the suggestion of journalist and writer William Walton, a friend of both the Kennedys and Hemingways, Mary Hemingway contacted Jacqueline Kennedy and offered her husband's collection to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, which was then being planned as a national memorial to the 35th president.
In 1972, Mrs. Hemingway deeded the collection to the Kennedy Presidential Library and began depositing papers in its Archives.
"Green Hills of Africa": First published in 1935, "Green Hills of Africa" is Ernest Hemingway's account of his safari through East Africa with his wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Hemingway's fascination with big-game hunting is captured in this evocative narrative of his trip. In examining the grace of the chase and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent taht comes alive on the plains of Africa. "Green Hills of Africa" is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape and the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man. Hemingway's rich desciption of the land and his passion for hunting combine to give "Green Hills of Africa" the immediacy of a deeply felt inpidual experience, the hallmark of the greatest travel writing.
- The Hemingway Library Edition.
- Provides material from the Hemingway Collection at the JFK Presidential Library & Museum.
- Ernest Hemingway's Safari Journal.
- Paperback, 282 pages.