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was auctioned on: 14 December 2000
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HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). Autograph manuscript signed of the poem "A Modern Version of Polonius' Advice." [N.p., ca. 1920]. 1 page, 4to, in dark ink on lined notebook paper, edges frayed touching a word or two, silked, 28 lines, with a change in...

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Estimate: US$3,500 - US$4,500
Price realised:  US$9,400
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HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). Autograph manuscript signed of the poem "A Modern Version of Polonius' Advice." [N.p., ca. 1920]. 1 page, 4to, in dark ink on lined notebook paper, edges frayed touching a word or two, silked, 28 lines, with a change in the title (from "Paraphrase on Polonius' Advice"), a revision of the last line, and a few other emendations in pencil, signed "Ernest Hemingway" at top . A VIRTUALLY UNPUBLISHED HEMINGWAY POEM This darkly satiric poem, a parody of Polonius's speech to his son in Hamlet , begins: "Give thy tongue no tho'ts Nor ever think before you speak, Lest folks suspecium [sic] that thou art a highbrow. Those friends thou has that keep their purse strings tied, Beware and shun them most decidedly..." It ends with ironic lines about President Woodrow Wilson and World War I: "So when men ask thy views on matters Politic, Think not but spill this forth: 'Thank God for Wilson! It's he who kept us out of War.'" Only the first five lines of the poem have been published: in Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems , edited by Nicholas Gerogiannis, Revised Edition, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992, no. 12. Gerogiannis could not locate this manuscript -- the only one known -- and took his quotation from an auction catalogue description (see following). Provenance : Jonathan Goodwin (sale, Part II, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 25 October 1977, lot 415).

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 14.12.2000
Date of the auction: 14 Dec 2000
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center