November 15, 2010
A free, public exhibit of photographs, "Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time," is on display through Friday, November 19, in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
The display of 70 historic photographs of author Ernest Hemingway has toured nationally. It was organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., in collaboration with The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois.
The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Fall 2010 Knox College course "Ernest Hemingway's Cuba and Key West," taught by Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English and director of the program in creative writing.
The course has focused on the importance of place in Hemingway's writing. Students in the course have already visited several important Hemingway sites, among them the Hemingway birthplace in Oak Park, Illinois, and his summer home in northern Michigan. During the College's winter break in December, Metz and some students in the course plan to visit additional sites including Key West, Florida, and other locations in the Caribbean.
Knox College holds two collections that feature Hemingway. The Hughes Collection includes first editions of works by Hemingway and other writers of the "Lost Generation." The term originally referred to veterans of World War I and was later used to characterize artists and others whose worldview had been shattered by the war. Knox College's Seymour Library also holds a number of Hemingway first editions in their now-rare original dust jackets, many of which can be browsed online at www.knox.edu/hemingway.
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 48 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.