The fifth annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium will provide an opportunity to experience the legendary American novelist through a modern perspective.
The symposium is conducted both at the Yanke Research Park in Boise and the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho, the town where Hemingway ended his life.
The event will be held Sept. 24-28.
The symposium is set to highlight the influence Hemingway has had through his terse prose style of writing and how it has in turn affected the world, even through the present.
“Hemingway is one of the iconic figures of twentieth century literature, of modernism,” said Clay Morgan, director of collaborative research initiatives and the Story Initiative at Boise State, and co-founder of the Ernest Hemingway symposium, “In fact, Hemingway’s way of writing was so new at the time and influenced so many writers, that everyone began writing like he did.”
Hemingway was perceived as one of the greatest American adventurers, stamping him as one of the most prolific writers of American literature.
His works were derived from his own life experiences. Hemingway spent his time as a journalist in both World Wars and Spanish Civil War. He also loved bullfights in Spain, and embarking upon grand love affairs with British royals’ wives while on safari in Africa.
The symposium serves the purpose of portraying to patrons the life of Hemingway and his works.
“We explore Hemingway and his place in history; the way he wrote, how he wrote, and how he effected other writers,”
Morgan and those involved in putting on the symposium seek to put all of these facts of Hemingway into light as a way of getting to the core of his influence not only during his time, but also in this day and age.
The first half of events taking place in Boise will be held on Sept. 24-25, while the other events of this symposium will take place in Ketchum, Idaho.
On Sept.24, the symposium will have a screening of the play, ‘The Hemingway Play” by Frederic Hunter.
The play is renowned for its portrayal of Hemingway at different stages in his life. The play depicts four Hemingway characters during varying stages of the man’s life.
It is described by the Washington Post as, “a triumph for its unexpected effectiveness of its premise by giving the opposing sides of the Hemingway’s divided self.”
The other events will take place in Boise on the Sept. 25 and will feature novelist Heather Parkinson Dermott, who will look to examine some of her thoughts on Hemingway and his influence on Modernism.
All events in both Boise and Ketchum are free to the public.
The symposium strives to provide a learning opportunity to everyone. However for students, and young writers in particular, Morgan thingks the even will hold a special appeal.
“If you have a slight interest in writing you are going to be blown away,” Morgan said.