Ernest Hemingway may have been born in Oak Park, Ill., but his life famously ended 50 years ago in Sun Valley. After a life of adventure, writing and travel, Idaho was eventually the place that Hemingway called home. His legacy in Idaho is not colored by his tragic end, but rather by what was left behind--a rich literary culture. Clay Morgan, director of collaborative research at Boise State, described how Hemingway visited the Sun Valley Area many times in the 30 years before he settled there.
"That area around Sun Valley reminded him of Spain, which he also loved, and he was here because he wanted to be," said Morgan. "[He] wanted a place where he could keep his manuscripts dry."
The annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium in Sun Valley celebrates Hemingway's memory in Idaho, as well as his contributions to literature and the world at large. This four-day symposium, held at the Community Library in Ketchum, will feature keynote speaker Frederic Hunter, acclaimed author of The Hemingway Play. Additionally, there will be readings, discussions, movie screenings and book signings, as well as a Hemingway Haunts tour.
For those not able to make the trek to Sun Valley, there will be a screening of The Hemingway Play, with an introduction and Q&A session with Hunter on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Yanke Family Research Park in Boise.
"It's really interesting to talk about [Hemingway] and his life and his writing and see what a powerful force he was--and is--in literature," said Morgan.