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Ernest Hemingway exhibit, symposium and keynote to celebrate author's life and accomplishments
Posted 08/24/2016 10:07AM

The Misericordia University College of Arts and Sciences, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and the Soyka Fund for the Humanities are bringing together a collection of pictures, experts and students for a series of events during the fall semester to recount the life and work of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

His writing style is considered among the most influential prose of the 20th century, as Hemingway penned such classics as "The Sun Also Rises,'' "A Farewell to Arms," "The Old Man and the Sea,'' "From Whom the Bell Tolls,'' and many more.

Fans of the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist, short-story writer and journalist will be able to hear a first-hand account of his life from his former secretary, Valerie Hemingway, during the opening of the exhibit, "Hemingway and the Veneto,'' in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 22. The exhibit in the gallery runs through Dec. 10.

The exhibition, on loan from Venice International University, showcases photographs of Hemingway and the people, places and things that were dearest to him during two important eras of his life: World War I and his time in Venice and Veneto, the northeastern region of Italy that surrounds Venice. Photographs include the Italian town of Fossalta di Piave, where Hemingway was wounded as an 18-year-old ambulance driver for the American Red Cross, and scenic areas in Italy he visited while writing "Across the River and into the Trees'' in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Valerie Hemingway will offer the keynote for the opening reception's program, "Perspectives on Hemingway and the Image: A Symposium on the Life and Writing of Ernest Hemingway,'' on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The program also features student paper presentations from 12-3 p.m. in Dudrick and Muth Rooms 216-217 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Nationally known Hemingway scholars will participate in a roundtable discussion from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Friedman Art Gallery. Panelists include the editor of the Hemingway Review Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pa.; the lead editor on the Cambridge University Hemingway Letters Project Sandra Spanier, Ph.D., Penn State University, State College, Pa.; leading Hemingway scholar and Hemingway Board member Linda Miller, Ph.D., Penn State Abington, Abington, Pa., and president of the Hemingway Foundation and Society H.R. Stoneback, Ph.D., State University of New York, New Paltz, N.Y.

The program and exhibit are open, free to the public.

"Valerie's unique perspective on Hemingway, his life and writing offers Misericordia's students and the community a rare opportunity,'' said Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Misericordia University. "She worked with Hemingway during a crucial time in his life, when he was writing his memoirs of living in Paris as a young man, later published as 'A Moveable Feast.' She can provide us with insights that no biographer can offer.''

Valerie Hemingway will discuss her 2004 book, "Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways,'' and also recount the two years she worked as his secretary and traveled with him and his wife, Mary, to Cuba, New York, Florida and Spain. She was known as Valerie Danby-Smith when she had a chance encounter with the noted author in 1959 in Spain as a young Irish reporter, according to her biography. The interview was awkward, she says, but it also led to her being employed by the Hemingways and eventually getting married to Gregory Hemingway, the author's youngest son.

Besides her noted book, Valerie Hemingway has worked for two decades in publishing and public relations in New York City, including two years as a fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her articles have appeared in Saturday Review, Ski Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine. She is a contributing writer for Distinctly Montana and a frequent lecturer on the international circuit.

The exhibit and conference are being coordinated by Russ Pottle, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Brian Carso, Ph.D., associate professor of history and government, and Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Misericordia University. For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Nickel at mnickel@misericordia.edu.

The gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays and snow days. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/art or contact Dona Posatko, gallery director, at (570) 674-6250.

Captions:

Nobel Prize-winning novelist, short-story writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway reads the front page of the Gazzettino Sera at the St. Mark's newsstand in Venice, 1948. This will be one of the pictures on display in the exhibition, 'Hemingway and the Veneto,' in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University beginning Saturday, Oct. 22. The exhibit runs through Dec. 10.

American writer Ernest Hemingway, known for classics 'The Sun Also Rises,' 'A Farewell to Arms,' 'The Old Man and the Sea,' and many more, stands on the terrace at the Hotel Gritti in Venice on Oct. 31, 1948. This will be one of the pictures on display in the exhibition, 'Hemingway and the Veneto,' in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University beginning Saturday, Oct. 22. The exhibit runs through Dec. 10.

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