Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library

“Courage is grace under pressure.” President Kennedy used Hemingway’s definition of courage as the epigraph to his own book Profiles in Courage.
The first Nick Adams story, written on Red Cross stationary while he was recovering from a war wound.
First draft of A Farewell to Arms
A fan letter from an American soldier. Signed, “Jerry” Salinger.
Hemingway ran up an expense account (read: bar tab) in excess of $13,000 while on assignment for Colliers in WWII. They disputed the charges.
Good luck charms: a penny, a .32 caliber bullet, bits of shrapnel taken from his leg, and a ring made out of a bullet fragment.
Telegrams between Hemingway and the Kennedy White House. Kennedy pledged support for the arts and invited the Nobel laureate to his inauguration. Hemingway was undergoing shock treatment for depression at the time. He struggled to write just a few words to the young president to whom he had been a model of courage. Hemingway died by suicide six months later.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s notes on an early draft of A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway added, “Kiss my ass.”

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Charles Daly

Charles Daly

B2B Copywriter. Co-author of Make Peace or Die: a Life of Service, Leadership, and Nightmares (my dad’s memoir). https://www.makepeaceordie.com/