"I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable": Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt

  • Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt Signed.

Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt Signed.

$8,200.00

Item Number: 95977

Chicago: The Walden Book Shop, 1930.

Rare letter excerpt boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Published by the Walden Book Shop in 1930, the introduction begins "The following notes are excerpts from a Hemingway letter in answer to questions concerning editions and numbers of copies." It goes on to provide a long italicized quote from the letter in which Hemingway describes the printings of his early books from Three Stories and Ten Poems through the forthcoming Men Without Women (1927). The quote reads, in part: “…The books have been Three Stories and Ten Poems, Contact Press, 1953-350 copies out of print, In Our Times, Three Mountains Press, 1924, 150, I think…They claim to be issuing a new edition. Then Scribners published The Torrents of Spring in the spring of 1926 in an unrestrained edition and The Sun Also Rises came out in the same year with, I believe an attempt made to print and sell as many as possible…I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable in order that I might have something to leave to my children.” Signed by Hemingway in he lower right corner of the pamphlet. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Hemingway. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional example.

American journalist and novelist Ernest Hemingway's legacy to American literature lies in his economical and understated writing style, which he termed the "iceberg theory" and writers who came after him either attempted to emulate or avoid. After his reputation was established with the publication of The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway essentially became the spokesperson for the post–World War I generation. His influence on 20th century fiction is unparalleled and his adventurous lifestyle and public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway published seven novels throughout his career and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in literature in 1954.

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