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RQ-279901-21

Penn State (University Park, PA 16802-1503)
Sandra W. Spanier (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Preparation for print publication of volumes 6, 7, and 8 of a scholarly edition of the letters of American author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). (36 months)

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway is a comprehensive scholarly edition of the 6,000 surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), 85% previously unpublished, planned for 17 volumes. A 1954 Nobel Laureate, Hemingway made a profound impact on modern prose and still commands enormous popular and scholarly interest worldwide. The letters afford new insights into the life and work of this most influential American writer and narrate a running eyewitness history of the 20th century. With prior NEH support, Vols. 1-5 (1907-May 1934) were published by Cambridge University Press between 2011 and 2020; an electronic edition was launched in August 2020. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2044. Our proposal responds to the "A More Perfect Union" initiative. We are requesting 3-year funding to publish Vol. 6, submit Vol. 7, and begin work on Vol. 8, spanning June 1934-1942. https://www.cambridge.org/hemingway-letters; https://www.hemingwaysociety.org/hemingway-letters-project.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024