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A. E. Hotchner Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms056

The A.E. Hotchner Papers includes manuscript and editorial material toward Papa Hemingway (1966), Treasure (1970), King of the Hill (1970), The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1981), Looking for Miracles (1975), Choice People (1984), Louisiana Purchase (1996) and Hemingway in Love (2015). Also included are Hotchner’s adaptations of Hemingway materials for television and original plays for television and the stage.The Hotchner Papers also contain photocopied correspondence with Hemingway; photographs and other memorabilia of Hotchner’s time at Washington University; photographs of Hemingway, Newman, Hotchner, and others; and many materials related to Hotchner’s long-running charity production of the Hemingway story-cycle “The World of Nick Adams.”


  • Creation: 1930-2018


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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


79.00 boxes

Biographical Information

Aaron Edward "A. E." Hotchner (June 28, 1917 - February 15, 2020) is an American memoirist, novelist, playwright and biographer. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Hotchner graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in both history and law. He briefly practiced law, then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Because of his experience writing plays and musicals in college, the Air Corps assigned him to write a musical for the benefit of war widows, before going into officer training school, and then anti-submarine command, where he was eventually assigned to make a film about the command. When the war was over, he decided to forgo the law and pursue a career in writing.

In 1948, Hotchner was sent on assignment to solicit articles from many well-known writers, including Ernest Hemingway, who invited Hotchner to meet, and the two became close friends until Hemingway's death in 1961. Hotchner is well-known for Papa Hemingway, his 1966 memoir/biography of Hemingway, whose work he exclusively had adapted for plays and television. His play Sweet Prince was produced off-Broadway in 1982 at the Theater Off-Park. King of the Hill, Hotchner's evocative memoir of his childhood in St. Louis during the Great Depression, was made into a film in 1993, by director Steven Soderbergh.

Over the years, Hotchner also wrote biographies of Doris Day and Sophia Loren, as well as many novels, memoirs, nonfiction books, stage plays and teleplays. He founded Newman's Own, Inc., with his friend and neighbor, actor Paul Newman, in 1982, and has remained active with the corporation, which donates 100% of its profits to charities.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 876. Gift of A.E. Hotchner, December 14, 1967.

Accession number 988. Gift of A.E. Hotchner, September 18, 1967.

Accession number 1407a. Purchase from Serendipity Books, January 6, 1978.

Accession number 1707. Unknown

Accession number 1853. Gift of Washington University Performing Arts Department. November 1, 1990.

Accession number 22922. Gift of A.E. Hotchner, 2007.

Accession number 22926. Gift of A.E. Hotchner.

Accession number 23922.

Accession number MSS2015.009

Accession number MSS2017-020

Accession number MSS2018-008

Accession number MSS2018-009

Accession number MSS2018-014

Other Descriptive Information

Series 5 Audiovisual is located in the Film and Media Vault

Processing Information

Processed by Steven H. Daley with assistance by Abigail L. Dunn.



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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 29: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.
  • 2023 June 14 - August 1: Additional data cleanup by Danielle Kronmiller.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495