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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was one of the most iconic writers of the 20th century, and we’re proud to
support this documentary about his life. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and produced
by Sarah Botstein, this three-part documentary tells the story of the man behind the myth.
Stream the series with PBS Passport, available on and the PBS Video app.

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Letter from Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

In this letter, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about exploring the deep complexities and contradictions of Ernest Hemingway as a subject in their film.

Bank of America’s Anne Finucane talks with Ken Burns

A discussion with Ken Burns about his process and what he discovered
in the making of Hemingway.

An inside look at Ernest Hemingway

Get an inside look at what inspired directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to choose Ernest Hemingway as their subject and how they tell this complex story of his life and enduring influence on literature.

“For us, it was getting at a very complex biography that was attempting to understand his role in literature” — Ken Burns

Lessons from Ernest Hemingway

Hear about what influenced Ernest Hemingway and what made his writing style so unique, along with why we are proud to collaborate with Ken Burns on this film.

“Ernest Hemingway is clearly a part of American history. It is a particularly fertile moment in American writing” — Anne Finucane

Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway was one of the most famous American authors of his time, now get the story of the life behind the myth in three parts. Stream the series with PBS Passport, available on and the PBS Video app.

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Uncover the man behind the myth of one of America's greatest and most complicated writers, Ernest Hemingway.

Can our past inspire our future?

Since 2007, Bank of America has been proud to support the documentaries of Ken Burns as they give us in-depth discovery into the people and events that have shaped U.S. history. It’s part of our commitment to stories that move us forward. Learn more about our partnership here.