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was auctioned on: 14 December 2000
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HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph manuscript working drafts of his poem about World War I dead, "Champs d'Honneur." [Chicago, ca. 1920-21]. 1 page, 8vo, a total of 12 lines plus title, in pencil on verso of a portion of a letterhead of the Greig & Ward Ad...

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph manuscript working drafts of his poem about World War I dead, "Champs d'Honneur." [Chicago, ca. 1920-21]. 1 page, 8vo, a total of 12 lines plus title, in pencil on verso of a portion of a letterhead of the Greig & Ward Advertising agency in Chicago, an erased line partially legible, slightly wrinkled . The draft at top reads: "Firm frozen ground And snow blown tufts of grass. An empty ditch A rusty bit of wire The earth that [sprouted?] Now is dull and still God gathers up his thunderbolts of fire[.]" The draft below this: "Firm frozen ground And snow blown tufts of grass Along the edges of the shallow ditch. The blood of heroes makes the earth to flower And heroes bones will soil enrich [.]" "Champs d'Honneur" is unpublished in these versions; another poem (or later version?) with the same theme and title, also Chicago, 1920-21, was first published in Poetry (January 1923) and then in Hemingway's first book, Three Stories & Ten Poems (Paris, 1923). For this see Complete Poems , ed. N. Gerogiannis, no. 27. Apparently no other manuscripts similar to these drafts are known: a manuscript and two typescripts seemingly for the published version are located in Philip Young and Charles W. Mann, The Hemingway Manuscripts: An Inventory (University Park: Penn State University Press, 1969), nos. 133, 138 and 178.

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