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Betty Jean Steinshouer, a touring literary scholar and Chautauqua performer from Florida, utilizes three women authors who were contemporaries of Ernest Hemingway to present the three-act program. Steinshouer begins with Willa Cather. Although Cather didn’t know Hemingway directly, she had plenty of reflections on the Lost Generation, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and D.H. Lawrence, and on Hemingway’s famous vendetta against her when she won the Pulitzer Prize for "One of Ours."
Divided into three 20-minute segments with discussion to follow, the second view expressed in "On Hemingway" is that of his colleague at Scribners and fishing companion in the Florida Keys, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who never lost her deep regard and admiration for Hemingway or their beloved book editor, Maxwell Perkins.
The third view of Hemingway presented will be that of the woman he called his "brother" in Paris, the indomitable Gertrude Stein. Of Stein, Betty Jean Steinshouer says, there is no way to describe her. "She has to be experienced before you can truly understand the Hemingway zeitgeist."
The performance will be in the Great Room of the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum, 1071 Heritage Park Drive, Piggott, with parking in the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum parking lots on Cherry Street. Admission is free, but a reserved ticket is required due to limited seating.
For reserved tickets, call the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum at 870-598-3487. The HPM, a Delta Heritage Site of Arkansas State University, and the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum are co-hosting the event with partial funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council.
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