Hemingway Scholar & Lecturer

Nancy SindelarNancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D. is the author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work and has made many popular presentations about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. She presented at the International Colloquium Ernest Hemingway in Havana, Cuba, June, 2011, 2013 and 2015, spoke at the American Literature Association Conferences in Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco in 2014, 2015 and 2016, spoke at the Hemingway Society Conferences in Venice, Italy and Oak Park, IL in 2014 and 2016, and keynoted the Hemingway Festival in Sun Valley, ID in 2014 and 2015.

She also has presented at the American Library in Paris, keynoted the Michigan Hemingway Society Conference and the Hemingway Days in Key West, Florida, guided a walking tour of young Hemingway's Oak Park at the Hemingway Society Conference and has been a guest lecturer at numerous libraries and universities. She is a board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and teaches Hemingway: The Man, The Writer, The Legend at University of California, Riverside.

Sindelar’s presentations are energized by her passion for all things Hemingway, her research into his private letters, his fiction and nonfiction, and her extensive travel to and knowledge of the locales that were important to the writer. She has stood in the bedroom where Hemingway was born and the foyer where he ended his life and has visited all the places in between.

Hemingway Presentation Topics

People and Places That Influenced Ernest Hemingway

Meet the people, places and activities that shaped the legendary author who courted life-threatening adventures and glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world.  This session begins with Hemingway’s birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois and then moves to Hemingway’s adventures and experiences in Kansas City, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, Cuba and Sun Valley, Idaho and is enhanced with rarely seen photos and excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters to parents, wives, children and friends. (One Hour)

A Visit to Papa’s Places

Tour of the places Ernest Hemingway lived and worked -- Oak Park, Illinois, Paris, France, Chamby, Switzerland, Key West, Florida, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba and Ketchum, Idaho. View photos of his houses and consider the impact these places had on the life and work of the legendary author. (One Hour)

Hemingway’s Women

Meet the women Hemingway loved and the influences they had on his life and work.  View Sindelar’s collection of rarely seen photographs and hear excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters to parents, wives, lovers, children and friends to gain insight into these intimate relationships. (One Hour)

Hemingway and the FBI

Explore Hemingway’s fascination with sleuthing and espionage and the role these adventures played in the development of his FBI file.  View excerpts from the FBI files on Hemingway and consider the author’s paranoia regarding FBI surveillance and other events that preceded his suicide. (One Hour)

Hemingway and War

Learn about Hemingway’s attitudes toward war and the people and experiences that influenced these attitudes.  View photos depicting Hemingway’s involvement in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II and contemplate passages from his articles written as a war correspondent. (One Hour)

Hemingway Reader Series

A custom series of 3 to 6 presentations and discussions based on Hemingway’s short stories and novels — a great series for libraries and book clubs.

Sample Syllabus for Ernest Hemingway: His Literature, His Life, His Legend
(Six to Twelve Hours)

Hemingway: His Literature, His Life, His Legend focuses on the places, people and activities that worked to create the legendary man who courted life-threatening adventures, glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world. The series will take participants to Oak Park Illinois, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, Kenya, Cuba and then back to the US.  Hemingway’s personal relationships and experiences will be linked to the Code and the content of his novels and short stories, while the progression of places where the author worked and chose to live will be linked to his style and rituals of writing. Participants will be asked to read and discuss of Hemingway’s literature while background information will be based on Sindelar’s research for her Hemingway biography, Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work.

Topics:

  • Week 1:  Introduction to the life and work of Ernest Hemingway
  • Week 2:  Life in Michigan and the short stories
    Suggested Reading:  “Indian Camp” and “Soldier’s Home”
  • Week 3:  Italy and the impact of World War I
    Suggested Reading: A Farewell to Arms
  • Week 4:  France, Spain, Bullfights and the Hemingway Code
    Suggested Reading: The Sun Also Rises
  • Week 5: Key West, Deep Sea Fishing and African Safaris
    Suggested Reading:  “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
  • Week 6:  Spain, the Spanish Civil War and then Cuba
    Suggested Reading: The Old Man and the Sea

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Presentation Endorsements:

“Dr. Sindelar brought incredible insight and erudition to our Hemingway exploration, commenting with a specificity, clarity and wit that pulled the audience into the conversation. Her agility about all things Hemingway allowed us to move the discussion this way and that without ever losing the thread.” 

— Donald G. Evans, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

“Dr. Sindelar is not just a fine scholar; she is also a true Hemingway aficionado. I have heard her present academic papers on Hemingway and I have heard her speak with both eloquence and excitement about the Nobel Prize winning author. Her love of Hemingway is infectious!”

— Brian Gordon Sinclair, Toronto, Canada
Playwright: Hemingway on Stage

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Influencing Hemingway Endorsements

Offering fresh insight into the factors that influenced Hemingway, this excellent book — highlighted by the inclusion of rare photos and excerpts from his personal letters — sheds new light on the importance both his family and childhood experiences played in shaping his core values. 
Such early grounding would provide him with a strong work ethic and love of nature, hunting and fishing; assist him in facing the challenges of those romantic people and adventurous places he encountered along the way; and — perhaps most importantly — shape what came to be known as the Hemingway Code, so well depicted and tested by the leading characters in the legendary author’s writing.

— Wayne S. Wooden, Palm Springs, CA
Author and Emeritus Professor, California State Polytechnic University

In her book Nancy W. Sindelar has captured the essence of the spirit and soul of Ernest Hemingway’s writing.  She has been able to thoroughly enlighten both the casual and academic reader in the relationships between Ernest Hemingway and his life, his experiences and the places he lived.

— Susan Moore, Idyllwild, California

In a wonderful evocation of time, place and work, Nancy Sindelar transports her readers to the many places that influenced the legendary author — Oak Park, Illinois, Paris, France, Chamby, Switzerland, Toronto, Canada, Key West, Florida, Havana, Cuba, and Sun Valley, Idaho. The author’s research, the rare photos and the excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters reach inside Hemingway’s head and heart to unearth a cornucopia of buried memories of people, places and events that were important to him. I want to thank Nancy Sindelar for inspiring me to travel through the memories of yesteryear and for being able to meet Ernest Hemingway once again in Toronto, where I have lived and worked.

Dr. Sindelar is not just a fine scholar; she is also a true Hemingway aficionado. I have heard her present academic papers on Hemingway and I have heard her speak with both eloquence and excitement about the Nobel Prize winning author. Her love of Hemingway is infectious. I encourage you to read her book. I know you will learn from it and I know you will like it.

— Brian Gordon Sinclair, Toronto, Canada
Playwright: Hemingway on Stage

Influencing Hemingway is a brisk and insightful look at the places that shaped the man, from Oak Park to Paris, Key West and Cuba and Ketchum. For Hemingway, the places he lived, and left, became the fabric of his fiction and, of course, his memoirs. Nancy Sindelar skillfully interweaves the historical record and Hemingway's personal narrative to shed new light on this ever-fascinating 20th-century figure.

— Charlie Trueheart
Director, The American Library in Paris

In Influencing Hemingway,Ernest Hemingway scholar Nancy Sindelar has produced a highly readable and well-researched volume that examines the many people, places and events that shaped one of the 20th Century’s most iconic writers.

Nancy Sindelar has taught the work and life of Ernest Hemingway at the high school and university levels and has lectured at the biennial Hemingway Colloquium in Havana, Cuba and at International Hemingway Society conferences across the world that Hemingway travelled and lived. She is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois, Hemingway’s hometown.

The book is arranged chronologically and illustrated with many photographs from a wide range of sources that bring Hemingway’s life and work into focus for both the lay and academic reader.  Nancy Sindelar’s book is a significant addition to a large and still growing body of work that explores Hemingway’s rich and complex life and writing  in a way that encourages the reader to reflect on the importance of the written word and the value of thoughtful reading and writing in our time.

— John W. Berry
Chairman, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and Past President,
The American Library Association

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