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Fal l 2010 U n i v e r s i t y L i b r a r i e s ' News l e t t e r Federspiel's book shows new side of Hemingway Clarke Historical Library instrumental in research Michael Federspiel wants people to realize the creative roots of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway. The CMU history professor wants this so much that he wrote a book about it. Federspiel's recently published "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan" chronicles Hemingway's life in northern Michigan through photos accompanied by excerpts from the legendary writer's literary pieces. "I saw that the potential for a book was there; a book that would be related not just to Ernest Hemingway but would be related to being up north in Michigan," says Federspiel, explaining that Hemingway spent summers in northern Michigan at his family's cottage on Walloon Lake from the time he was 6 weeks old all the way up to his first wedding. "I wanted to allow readers to see the images of places and people he may have known in that time period and that he based so much of his early fiction on." CMU's Clarke Historical Library resources were instrumental in helping Federspiel develop the book. It provided him access to old letters, photographs and journal entries from Hemingway's time in northern Michigan. With these materials, Federspiel says the book shows people a different side of Hemingway. Michigan's Hemingway headquarters When Michael Federspiel began research for "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan," CMU's Clarke Historical Library was among the first places he looked. The historical library holds a substantial collection of material relating to Hemingway's life in Michigan and serves as the archives of the Michigan Hemingway Society. To help offset the costs associated with collecting materials by or about Hemingway, the Michigan Hemingway Endowment was established at the Clarke. Additional uses for this endowment include preserving Hemingway-related material and providing educational efforts to explain the influence of northern Michigan on Hemingway and the place of Michigan in his works. • E-mail • Call 989-774-3352 Volume 7, Issue 1 To develop his book "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan" Michael Federspiel, CMU history professor, tapped into the resources available at Clarke Historical Library. "Young Hemingway was just a kid. He picked on his sisters, and he had friends he didn't get along with. He fought with his parents, Federspiel says. "It wasn't like he had a sign around his neck that said 'Future Nobel Laureate. '" Federspiel says "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan" is for avid Hemingway fans as well as people who simply love northern Michigan, adding that it's important for people of all ages to get a taste of what one of the great American authors of the 20th century experienced in Michigan. • for more "

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