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With Cuban help, Kennedy library gets Hemingway trove

Papers flesh out novelist’s villa life

WASHINGTON — He may be the only icon that the United States and Cuba, longtime nemeses, both claim as their own. When he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, many Cubans felt the honor was bestowed upon one of their countrymen, not a native of suburban Chicago.

Now, Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba, much of it obscured during years of distrust between Washington and the communist regime in Havana, is being illuminated in hundreds of previously unavailable letters, telegrams, travel documents, and even the liquor and grocery bills that Hemingway left in the rustic Cuban villa known as Finca Vigia where he lived for more than two decades.

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