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HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph letter signed ("Ernest Hemingway") to Joseph Mitchell (1908-1996), San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, 20 August 1952. 1 page, 4to, Finca Vigia stationery, WITH AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE, matted and framed . Not examined out of frame.
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph letter signed ("Ernest Hemingway") to Joseph Mitchell (1908-1996), San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, 20 August 1952. 1 page, 4to, Finca Vigia stationery, WITH AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE, matted and framed . Not examined out of frame. HEMINGWAY'S "AWFULLY GLAD" MITCHELL LIKES Old Man and the Sea A fine Hemingway autograph letter to the famous New Yorker writer--with a beautiful and rare example of his full signature instead of the more commonly used "Ernest" or "Papa." Hemingway thanks Mitchell for his praise of Old Man and the Sea, , engaging in some characteristic, macho joshing. "Thanks very much for the letter, kid. I'm awfully glad you liked it. If you hadn't I don't know what the hell I would have done except get a job with some Vice Ring or apply for work as an under-writer at Bromfield's farm. The Malabar Boys on a gun-boat. Hope we win. Anyway it is ok with me now that you like it. Mary sends her very best. Hope you keep well and that we will get together in town in the months with R in them. It's been more than two years now." In a postscript below his signature, he adds: "Very sorry to hear about Mark Murphy." Hemingway may have been more than a little sarcastic about the importance of Mitchell's opinion, but the bluster hid his great emotional investment in this book. When he sent the manuscript off to Scribners in March of that year, he said "I know that it is the best I can write ever for all of my life I think." He saw it "as an epilogue to all my writing and what I have learned, or tried to learn, while writing and trying to live" (to Wallace Meyer, 7 March 1952, in Baker, p.757). It particularly mattered to him what his peers thought about this book. In that same letter he told Meyer: "I am tired of not publishing anything. Other writers publish short books. But I am supposed to always lay back and come in with War and Peace or Crime and Punishment or be considered a bum." Not in Baker, Selected Letters .

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana
Date of the auction: 12 Jun 2008
Address: Christie's
12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Center