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New Burns and Novick Documentary Explores the Life of Ernest Hemingway

The life of the Oak Park native is the subject of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s newest PBS documentary. The six-hour, three-part series explores the writer’s complex life behind the carefully cultivated public image.

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How the Soundtrack of 'Hemingway' Evokes the Romantic Locales of the Writer's Life

Havana, Paris, Spain: the soundtrack of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new Hemingway documentary helps set the places and moods of the writer's life, via the creative music produced by Johnny Gandelsman of Brooklyn Rider and the Silk Road Ensemble.

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Hemingway in Cuba

Ernest Hemingway stayed in Cuba longer than any other place in his life and is today celebrated as a native son. Trace his footsteps and peek inside his longtime home outside of Havana.

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Ernest Hemingway's Youth in Oak Park and Chicago

Hemingway was born in Oak Park but left as soon as he could and began framing himself in opposition to what he considered the middle-class values of the suburb. A sojourn in Chicago helped introduce him to a literary world and sent him on his way to Paris.

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle Ernest Hemingway

The three-part, six-hour Hemingway from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick comes to WTTW and PBS in April, featuring the voices of Jeff Daniels and Meryl Streep among others, as well as authors Edna O'Brien, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tobias Wolff, and more.

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Thanks to our sponsors

The Chicago presentation of HEMINGWAY is made possible by Donna Van Eekeren.

Additional support is provided by Rita and John Canning, Marshall Field V, American Writers Museum, and UChicago Medicine.