Happy Birthday President Clinton!
Here’s a list of Bill Clinton’s favorite books, in alphabetical order by author:
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou.
- The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker.
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, Taylor Branch.
- Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- Lincoln, David Herbert Donald.
- Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot.
- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
- The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, David Fromkin.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.
- The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Seamus Heaney.
- King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed,Terror,and Heroism in Colonial Africa,Adam Hochschild.
- The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis.
- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius.
- Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics, Reinhold Niebuhr.
- Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell.
- The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis, Carroll Quigley.
- The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron.
- Politics as a Vocation, Max Weber.
- You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe.
- Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright.
- The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, William Butler Yeats.
Photo: President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore view the Constitution of the United States in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives. Washington, DC. 7/19/95.
-from the Clinton Library
Jacqueline Kennedy was born on this day in 1929, in Southhampton, New York. She was named Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Her father, John, was a stockbroker on Wall Street whose family had come from France in the early 1800s. Her mother, Janet, had ancestors from Ireland and England.
As a child, Jackie loved to read. Before she started school, she had read all the children’s books on her bookshelves. Her heroes were Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Little Lord Fauntleroy’s grandfather, Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind, and the poet Byron.
Photo: Jacqueline Bouvier, 1935. Photograph by David Berne in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway died at the age of 61. Though he and President Kennedy never met, President Kennedy more than once expressed his admiration for Hemingway and his work.
In a statement on Hemingway’s death, President Kennedy said, “Few Americans have had a greater impact on the emotions and attitudes of the American people than Ernest Hemingway…he almost single-handedly transformed the literature and the ways of thought of men and women in every country in the world.”
John Steinbeck was born on this day, February 27, 1902. A letter from the author to JFK:
A letter from author John Steinbeck to President Kennedy, thanking him for his dedication to the arts.
(From the White House Central Subject Files, Box 711, Folder: PP 6-1 Entertainers)
President Eisenhower received this 17th century prayer book from Mary Ruth Muller of Reno, Nevada. The book was published in 1633 by Robert Baker of London and features a cover of stumpwork embroidery on silk.
The book is now in the Book Collection of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Never Been Seen Hemingway Materials at the JFK Library
Today, the JFK Library announced that it has made available, in print form, 2,500 digital scans of Ernest Hemingway materials housed at the author’s former Cuban estate, the Finca Vigía.
This material, which has never been seen outside of Cuba, includes letters, passports, telegrams, bar bills, recipes and a notebook of fishing observations among other items. It was digitized through the efforts of the U.S. Finca Vigía Foundation.
Pictured: Hemingway’s passport photo. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1oePHnL
-from the JFK Library
Ernest Hemingway Fighting a Bull
The Running of the Bulls is happening now in Spain. Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, “The Sun Also Rises” famously described the Fiesta de San Fermin that brings thrill-seekers to the crowded streets of Pamplona alongside fighting bulls.
Here’s a photo of Hemingway bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain. Hemingway was participating in “The Amateurs” in 1925, one year before the publication of “The Sun Also Rises.”
Explore more from the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Being that today is the opening of “Gatsby” we thought it fitting to share this snippet of a letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway sent Fitzgerald the typescript of “A Farewell to Arms”, and Fitzgerald wrote back about ten pages of commentary and edits, ending his critique with a compliment about the book overall, saying “A beautiful book it is.” After reading the ten pages of criticism of his book, Hemingway added his own colorful language (pictured) on the bottom. But, we know from later drafts that he did consider some of the advice! (From the Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library)
A Presidential love letter to Libraries during National Library Week. Pictured here is President Ford’s 1976 message honoring libraries and librarians.
"In the finest American tradition, our public libraries offer all our citizens a chance to improve themselves and to broaden their horizons."