Hemingway to Premiere April 5, 2021 on PBS.

Filmmakers & Special Guests Explore the Writer’s Art and Legacy in Conversations on Hemingway Virtual Event Series Prior to Premiere. Voice Actors Include Jeff Daniels as Hemingway; Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson as Hemingway’s Four Wives.

Ernest Hemingway, the iconic literary figure considered one of the greatest American writers and among the first to live and work at the treacherous nexus of art and celebrity, is the subject of an upcoming three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (THE VIETNAM WAR, PROHIBITION, THE WAR, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT) coming to PBS April 5-7, 2021, 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).


About the Film

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Hemingway, a three-part, six-hour documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography — a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity — with carefully selected excerpts from his iconic short stories, novels, and non-fiction, the series reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth, and the art he created.

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Hemingway Blackout Poetry Workshops

Learn about transforming a page from your favorite Hemingway book into a work of art with blackout poetry. Bring your marker and book page and be prepared to create your own masterpiece for yourself, your family, or your classroom.

"Blinging Out Blackout Poetry" with Janie Walburn

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM

Cost: Free

Registration: Register Now

Description: This session will bring creative joy and relaxation to all. Ernest Hemingway's work will be used as the background for creating the found poetry known as Black out poetry. Creators will discover their hidden talent with words using Ernest Hemingway's short story pages to black out self-selected words in a design/style suitable for their pleasure. After blacking out their pages, creators will use their creative genius to add color and bling to spice up the page. The final product will appropriate for decorating their walls, binders, desks, or dorms! There's no WRONG way to create this work! All you need is a little happiness...and courage to change a page in a book!

"Blackout Poetry the Ernest Hemingway Way" with Leron McAdoo

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time: TBD

Cost: Free

Registration: Register Now

Description: Come join a Black Out Poetry workshop that explores an Ernest Hemingway approach. Participants will encounter the work and strategies of the iconic American writer of the “Old Man and the Sea.” The session will give all participants an opportunity create powerful and beautiful blackout poetry. This is an activity that turns a page of words into a creative writing and piece of visual art at the same time.

Guide for Educators

For more information on incorporating “Hemingway” in the classroom download the Hemingway Educator Guide here: Educator Guide

"Conversations on Hemingway"
A Virtual Event Series

  1. Feb 23 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway and Childhood
  2. Feb 25 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway, Journalism and War
  3. Mar 2 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway and the Natural World
  4. Mar 4 8:00PM ET
    Hemingway and Celebrity
  5. Mar 9 7:00PM ET Hemingway, the Sea and Cuba
  1. Mar 11 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway, Gender and Identity
  2. Mar 16 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway the Author
  3. Mar 18 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway and Biography
  4. Mar 24 7:00PM ET
    Hemingway and Women
Hemingway Virtual Screening
Register to attend at pbs.org/hemingwayevents

Hemingway Barn-Studio in Arkansas

Many readers are surprised to learn that Ernest Hemingway has an Arkansas connection,” A-State Heritage Sites Director Adam Long said. “The Pfeiffer family, Ernest's in-laws, were a prominent farming family in Clay County.

“Ernest was a regular visitor in Piggott during his most productive writing years. He wrote portions of ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and several short stories in the loft of the Pfeiffers' barn, which the family converted to a studio for him. A visit to Piggott is the perfect supplement for an Arkansan watching this documentary.”

Arkansas State University operates the restored Pfeiffer home and Hemingway Barn-Studio as one of its four Heritage Sites. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott, is open Monday-Friday with tours on the hour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Learn more about the Hemingway studio and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center here, and read more about the Division of Heritage from their website, here.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Walk-Through History

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program traveled to Piggott to walk in the steps of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer and the couple visited Pauline's family off and on for over a decade. Hemingway wrote portions of "A Farewell to Arms" in a barn studio that is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more from the past and current Arkansas State University Historic Site Directors, Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Dr. Adam Long. Special thanks to Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Division of Arkansas Heritage and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center.


Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer Love Story told by Dr. Ruth Hawkins

Past Arkansas State University Historic Site Director, Dr. Ruth Hawkins tells the story of how Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer met and ultimately divorced in this bonus footage shot during the Hemingway-Pfiffer Museum Walk-Through History here: bonus footage​. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program traveled to Piggott to walk in the steps of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer and the couple visited Pauline's family off and on for over a decade. Hemingway wrote portions of "A Farewell to Arms" in a barn studio that is now on the National Register of Historic Places.


Hemingway Barn in Piggott, Arkansas

Ernest Hemingway and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer, whose family lived in Piggott, were prominent residents of Northeast Arkansas during their 13-year marriage. Hemingway penned part of “A Farewell to Arms” while staying at their Arkansas home. Specifically, Hemingway had a studio in a barn located adjacent to their home. This is an excerpt from the Emmy nominated Arkansas PBS production "Back Road Barns" featuring a tour of the barn


Hemingway in Arkansas: Funny Stories

As he was writing at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum barn studio, Ernest Hemingway developed a special reputation in the Piggott, Arkansas, community.

Explore some of the funny stories — from interactions with local school kids to the film premiere of “A Farewell to Arms” — with Arkansas State University’s Adam Long and Ruth Hawkins in this bonus track presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.


Hemingway in Arkansas: Janes Family

When you visit the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, you’re experiencing the home nearly exactly as it was when Ernest Hemingway came to stay, right down to the working antique stove.

What made this incredible level of preservation possible? Find out as Arkansas State University Historic Sites Director Emeritus Dr. Ruth Hawkins shares the Janes family’s surprising role in this bonus track from Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Division of Arkansas Heritage.

Hemingway in Arkansas: Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Stove

Arkansas State University Historic Site Director Emeritus, Dr. Ruth Hawkins tells the story of how the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum acquired it's stove.

Learn about the man behind the myth in "Hemingway" from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and keep exploring his Arkansas connections at Hemingway in Arkansas.


“Hemingway” is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate funding for “Hemingway” was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and by “The Better Angels Society,” and its members John & Leslie McQuown, the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, John & Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Kissick Family Foundation, Gail M. Elden, Gilchrist & Amy Berg, Robert & Beverly Grappone, Mauree Jane & Mark Perry; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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