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WBC English Students Visit Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum


Williams Baptist College English students took turns reading their favorite passages of Ernest Hemingway this month in the studio loft where the famous author penned part of "A Farewell to Arms." The group of about 20 students and faculty were on a field trip to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott, Ark.

"The English department sponsors trips to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer house in Piggott to help students realize that writers are human beings and that writers are affected by the landscapes they see and the people they meet," said Professor Jerry Gibbens, chair of the WBC English department.

The Williams students toured the home of Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, which has been restored to its 1930s appearance, complete with original furnishings. The Pfeiffer’s daughter, Pauline, was the second wife of Ernest Hemingway, and the Hemingways visited the home on several occasions.

The site also includes the barn loft that was converted into a studio for Hemingway’s use in writing while he was in Piggott. The studio loft has also been restored and made into part of the museum tour.

"Standing in the loft of the barn where Hemingway wrote a large portion of ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and seeing the racks of the big game animals like the ones Hemingway saw on his African safari, students can more easily identify with this Nobel Prize-winning author," Gibbens noted.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge. The WBC English department offers majors in both English and English education.

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