The University of Idaho & Hemingway Connection
About the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society (EHFS)
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation was established in 1965 by Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s widow, "for the purposes of awakening, sustaining an interest in, promoting, fostering, stimulating, supporting, improving and developing literature and all forms of literary composition and expression." The Foundation manages the rights to Hemingway’s posthumously published and remaining unpublished work.
In 1980, a group of Hemingway scholars assembled for a conference near the John F. Kennedy Library (the principal repository of Hemingway manuscripts and memorabilia) and formed The Hemingway Society.
The Society’s work has emphasized "the promotion, assistance and coordination of scholarship and studies relating to the works and life of the late Ernest Hemingway." Two of its most important activities include publication of The Hemingway Review, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published twice a year, and organizing international conferences every other year in sites of importance to Hemingway, from Key West to Paris. Today, the Society has over 650 members—largely college and university professors of English, in addition to book collectors, journalists, and enthusiasts—in 27 nations.
After Mary Hemingway’s death in 1986, Ernest's sons Patrick and John Hemingway generously invited the Society to assume the resources, duties, and functions of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the two organizations merged to become the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society (EHFS).
The University of Idaho Hemingway Alliance
The alliance dates to the early 1990s, when EHFS approached the University of Idaho about becoming a new sponsor of The Hemingway Review. In 1993, through a collaboration between the Department of English and the University of Idaho Press, the University of Idaho published its first issue of the Review.
The Hemingway Review is edited by Susan F. Beegel, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and has published four books (including two on Hemingway), as well as more than 55 articles on various aspects of American literature and history. Today the journal enjoys a print run of about 1,000 impressions, out-circulating many academic journals with more general subject matter. More to the point, The Hemingway Review’s placement with on-line research databases including Project Muse, Ebsco Host, Gale Infotrac, and Proquest carries UI’s reputation for sponsored research in the humanities into virtually every college and university library or state-certified public library in the United States. Highly regarded in the field of American literature, The Hemingway Review has been recognized by the Council of Learned Journals both for significant editorial achievement and excellence in design.
The connection between the University of Idaho and the Review further strengthened in 1996, when the university joined EHFS in co-hosting and international Hemingway conference attended by more than 300 Hemingway scholars from around the world. The University of Idaho Press published a volume of essays based on the finest papers presented at the conference (Hemingway and the Natural World, 1999), a book that was noticed by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a pioneering effort in ecocriticism. In addition, UI’s English faculty has been involved in the planning and implementation of the annual Hemingway Festival, which is held in Sun Valley.
Then, in 2004, the Department of English began a partnership with EHFS and PEN New English in supporting the Hemingway Foundatin/PEN Award for a first work of fiction, presented each year at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Each year's award-winner now travels to the Moscow campus as a Distinguished Visiting Writer, and works with UI's creative writing students in master classes. This exciting partnership has led to the creation of the University of Idaho's own annual Hemingway festival, begun in 2009--presenting the PEN Hemingway winner to the community, placing the outstanding writing of UI's students and faculty before the public, and bringing a celebration of writing, literature, and Ernest Hemingway into local schools.
And the beat goes on. Since 2009, thanks to the generosity of Lynne McCreight, the University of Idaho has been able to present the Hemingway Fellowship in creative writing to a deserving student in the MFA program. With the further generosity of alumna Suzanne Tarlov and her "Hundred Hundred Club," each year's Hemingway Fellow is able to travel to Boston for the PEN Hemingway ceremonies.
In research and publication, in the classroom, in media outreach, at conferences and festivals, and in creative writing, the UI/Hemingway connection continues to be a source of inspiration. Ernest Hemingway is one of the most read, most taught, and most written-about 20th-century American writers in our colleges and universities, and he is one of the most popular writers in all languages worldwide—34th on the United Nations' list of the world’s 50 most translated authors, with 1,337 translations in print. He is the single most popular American writer in China and Japan, and among American writers, he is among the top ten most popular worldwide. The university and the state are fortunate that Ernest Hemingway made Idaho his final home.