Call for Papers
In September 2001, the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library will host a two-day Hemingway symposium to celebrate the acquisition of a major new Hemingway archival collection.
The recently-announced Speiser & Easterling-Hallman Collection of Ernest Hemingway, previously unstudied by Hemingway scholars, includes Hemingway manuscripts, letters, proofs, first editions (from Three Stories & Ten Poems onwards), and other publications, together with the wide-ranging literary and cultural correspondence of Hemingway's friend and legal advisor, Maurice J. Speiser (1880-1948). Of especial interest in the collection are the revised typescript of Hemingway's 1937 speech to the American Writers' Congress, multiple stage versions of Hemingway's Spanish Civil War play The Fifth Column, and galleys of To Have and Have Not and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Round-table discussions during the symposium will address Hemingway's involvement with Spain and 1930's politics, and the copyright and literary property issues raised for scholars and libraries by the Speiser and 20th-century literary archives. Related events will include a showing of archival newsreel film on 1930's Spain, from USC's Movietone News collection, and a staged reading of The Fifth Column. The symposium marks the first public exhibition from this research collection.
Papers are invited for the symposium on all aspects of Hemingway's career, writing, and connections during the 1930's. Advisers for the program include Prof. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Prof. Dan T. Carter. Papers or abstracts, with an estimated reading-time of 18-20 minutes, along with a brief c-v note, should be mailed as soon as possible, and no later than July 25 2001, to: Patrick Scott, Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Inquiries, and abstracts and short c-v's (but not papers), may also be e-mailed to Professor Scott at email@example.com
The symposium is supported by Thomas Cooper Library, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Center for Literary Biography, the USC Bicentennial Commision, and the Thomas Cooper Society. Because of this sponsorship, the conference registration fee (including a reception, a formal luncheon with remarks from George Plimpton, and printed materials) will not exceed $35.
For further information, contact:
Professor Patrick Scott,