Ernest Hemingway first met Gianfranco Ivancich at a bar in Venice in 1949…

ON the New York Time artsblog:

“Ernest Hemingway first met Gianfranco Ivancich at a bar in Venice in 1949, where the two struck up a conversation about their war experiences. It was the beginning of a epistolary friendship. Hemingway remained close to Mr. Ivancich and his sister, Adriana, whom he credited with inspiring his 1952 Pulitzer-prize winning novel “The Old Man and the Sea” during her visit to Cuba in 1950. Now the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is making available 15 letters it bought from Mr. Ivancich, now in his early 80s, that Hemingway wrote between 1953 and 1960 as he wandered through Cuba; Ketchum, Idaho; Kilimanjaro; Nairobi; Paris; and Madrid. The library also acquired a manuscript of “The Faithful Bull,” a tale that Hemingway wrote for Mr. Ivancich’s nephew.”

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