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A portion of an Aug. 6, 1953, letter handwritten by Ernest Hemingway to his Italian friend Gianfranco Ivancich. AP Photo/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
By: Bridget Murphy, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP).- Ernest Hemingway shows a tenderness that wasn't part of his usual macho persona in a dozen unpublished letters that became publicly available Wednesday in a collection of the author's papers at the Kennedy presidential library. In a letter to his friend Gianfranco Ivancich written in Cuba and dated February 1953, Hemingway wrote of euthanizing his cat "Uncle Willie" after it was hit by a car. "Certainly missed you. Miss Uncle Willie. Have had to shoot people but never anyone I knew and loved for eleven years," the author wrote. "Nor anyone that purred with two broken legs." The letters span from 1953 to 1960, a year before the prize-winning writer's suicide. Whether typed or written in his curly script, some of the dispatches ... More