Today’s Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park
Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Robert K. Elder by clicking on the video player above!
Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of bull fighters who think this show is already too much talk and not enough action… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
If you’ve ever been to one of the Disney theme parks, you know that a “Hidden Mickey” refers to sightings of Mickey Mouse in unexpected places.
For example, you can find “classic” Mickey locks hanging on the cabinets behind Captain Jack Sparrow in the treasure room to the left of your boat on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World, according to the website HiddenMickeyGuy.com.
ROBERT K. ELDER podcast excerpt: “The Agnes von Kurowskiy letters sort of broke Hemingway in half… If you read these letters, she is very passionate and loving and talks about spending eternity together. To people who discounted this story, I say, ‘Read the letters!'”
That said, if you come to my guest Robert K. Elder’s new book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, thinking it’s that kind of story, you’ll be disappointed.
(Note to the author: Got a great idea for a sequel…)
Hidden Hemingway is, instead, a deep dive into what is apparently an endless collection of Hemingway family documents, souvenirs, letters and ephemera dating back decades. Elder – along with co-authors Aaron Vetch and Mark Cirino – have sorted through stacks of Hemingwayana to share everything from baby pictures and high school memorabilia to Papa’s handwritten letters to his own papa and his membership card from the Metrtopolitan Museum of Art.
Even if you’ve read his novels and/or Carlos Baker’s exhaustive biography, there is plenty to fascinate any Hemingway fan here.
ROBERT K. ELDER podcast excerpt: “Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kathy Griffin and Thomas Lennon all went to the same high school — Oak Park.”
Key interview moments:
• 7:00 Journalist Robert K. Elder explains how he became interested in digging into the Ernest Hemingway family archives in Oak Park, Illinois;
• 15:40 Were the Hemingways hoarders or packrats?;
• 22:40 Elder reveals what the actual letters that Agnes von Kurowsky said to Ernest Hemingway.