Hemingway Letters to Marlene Dietrich Donated to JFK Library and Museum

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Drafts of stories and poems also included in gift from actress's daughter

Marlene Dietrich's daughter, Maria Riva, has donated to the library thirty letters written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich. Several early drafts of Hemingway fictions and poetry are also included in the donation from Maria Riva. Under the terms of the deed, the papers will remain closed for four years and be made public in 2007.

Spanning the years 1949 to 1959, the thirty pieces of correspondence written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich include seven authentically signed letters, 18 typed-signed letters, four telegrams, and a Christmas card. Hemingway wrote to the German-born actress from Cuba; Ketchum, Idaho; Paris, France; Venice, Madrid, Malaga and Nairobi.

In addition to the Hemingway-Dietrich correspondence, Mrs. Riva has provided the Kennedy Library with a draft of the novel Across the River and into the Trees, and of Hemingway's two fables "The Good Lion" and "The Story of the Faithful Bull." There are also drafts of two poems, "First Poem to Mary in London" and "Poem to Mary."

The draft of Across the River and into the Trees is a carbon typescript, labeled #3, and is comprised of mixed chapters from a second carbon of an early draft. The manuscript is 234 pages in length and is in ink with pencil corrections. …