“Wide lawns and narrow minds.”
Attributed to Ernest Hemingway, it’s perhaps the most widely known
description of our village. It’s also not true, author Robert Elder
That’s one of the first things Elder clears up in his new book,
“Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park,”
co-written with Aaron Vetch and Mark Cirino. Published this summer,
the new book is a best of from the archives kept by the Ernest
Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, which includes photos, love letters,
notes and other miscellanea from Hemingway’s life.
I recently sat down with Elder to discuss his new Hemingway book. He
also sets the record straight on the “wide lawns” quote and other
local lore involving the famous novelist. I hope you enjoy our conversation.