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Oak Park couple buy Hemingway's boyhood home

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  • The new owners of Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home in Oak Park plan to make their house available to visits by Hemingway enthusiasts. Hemingway lived in the home until he graduated from high school and is believed to have written some of his earliest works in his third-floor bedroom.

      The new owners of Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home in Oak Park plan to make their house available to visits by Hemingway enthusiasts. Hemingway lived in the home until he graduated from high school and is believed to have written some of his earliest works in his third-floor bedroom.
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The couple who purchased novelist Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home plan to live in and restore the historic house.

Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann closed on a $525,000 deal for the home in Oak Park on Tuesday.

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John Berry of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation says the foundation bought the home in 2001 in hopes of turning it into a cultural center but couldn't make the finances work.

Kurt Neumann says his family plans to make their home available to visits by Hemingway enthusiasts. But he says they'll need to balance that with the fact that it will be their family home.

Ernest lived in the home until he graduated from high school and is believed to have written some of his earliest works in his third-floor bedroom.

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