Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars at The Morgan Library & Museum

Ask any English Lit major if they have a take on Authorial Intention/Authority, and they’re bound to have a well-articulated and robust opinion. They may say the author or the author’s experiences or both are immaterial, or they may say they are absolutely essential to the understanding and enjoyment of a literary work. Even if you have an opinion, and regardless of what that opinion happens to be, you’ll likely find the collaboration between the Morgan Library & Museum and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum – the first major exhibition devoted entirely to Ernest Hemingway – fascinating. Spanning the author’s life, but primarily focused on the periods of the first and second World Wars, the exhibit beautifully articulates the connection between the author and his experiences, both as inspiration for his writing and detriment to his sanity. Among the treasure trove included in the exhibit are manuscripts and transcripts of his major novels, as well as correspondence from such notable literary figures as Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck. There’s even wartime correspondence from none other than J. D. Salinger, in which he begins his missive with the cheeky salutation, “Dear Papa”.

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Jumping in with a quick note:  The Morgan family doesn’t simply lend its name here, the building actually used to be Pierpont Morgan’s personal library (separate from his residence, of course!).  The reference is still fun for those in the finance and banking industry, or history and Civil War buffs.  Oh, and Real Housewives fans *wink*.   – L.

Location:

225 Madison Avenue

Hours:

Through January 31st, 2106

Tuesday – Thursday: 10:30am – 5pm
Friday: 10:30am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Exhibition tours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 2pm through January 31

For more information, including holiday hours and additional exhibitions, visit their website.

Pair it with:

Lunch at Urbanspace Vanderbilt

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With an eclectic mix of more than 20 artisan purveyors, even the most fastidious palate is sure to be satisfied at this urban food hall. And, of course, what meal is complete without an excellent cup of coffee? That’s right, there’s even an outpost of the superb, small-batch, Brooklyn roaster, Toby’s Estate Coffee. Whether you fancy single origins, blends or decafs, espressos, pour-overs or cold brews, Toby’s (in our humble, over-caffeinated opinion) is the absolute best.

Location:

230 Park Avenue

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm

For more information, visit their website.

– J.

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