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Ernest Hemingway In His Time


Flamboyant and colorful in his personal life, Ernest Hemingway will be remembered first and foremost as one of the most influential writers of English prose in the twentieth century. Hemingway's apprenticeship in journalism and his life experiences in sport, love, and war contributed to a writing style that was recognized by the Nobel Prize committee for his "mastery of the art of modern narration." In addition to novels, Hemingway authored several collections of short stories and became one of the most sought-after, highly-paid magazine writers of his time.

Men Without Women
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.

First edition of this collection of short stories which firmly established Hemingway as a master of this literary genre.

Men Without Women Men Without Women
London: Jonathan Cape [1928]

First British edition of this collection.

Winner Take Nothing
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933.

This collection of short stories reaffirmed Hemingway's growing stature as the pre-eminent American author of short fiction of his generation.

Winner Take Nothing
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933.
variant proof pages, 2 pp.

Hemingway's initialed notes indicated "Prefer this" on "Style A" for the title page, and "Not this" on "Style B." The preferred page consisted of a simple title heading followed by a traditional author byline.

Title proofs

The Fifth Column and the First Forty-nine Stories
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938.

"A Clean, Well-lighted Place," which is considered one of Hemingway's greatest short stories, was published originally in Scribner's magazine. It is collected here along with the remainder of Hemingway's published stories to this date.

Ernest Hemingway to Arnold Gingrich,
typed letter signed, July 24 [1933] 2 pp. with envelope.

Writing from his home in Key West to Esquire editor, Mr. Gingritch [sic], Hemingway asked for advice on the length of article desired for the next in his series of "Letters." Hemingway also rejected Gingrich's title for a new story: "Contrary to your estimable opinion `A Clean Well Lighted Place' is a damned fine title and `Give Us a Night Light' is lousy."

"A Clean Well-Lighted Place,"
typescript and carbon typescript, undated, 10 pp.

These typescripts of one of Hemingway's greatest stories were prepared by a typist from Hemingway's original autograph manuscript. They contain several variants to the published text and have helped fuel a longstanding controversy among scholars over the assignment of dialogue in the story between the two waiters. Two versions of the story have appeared in print and scholars using the Delaware typescripts have argued for the preparation of a single definitive text.

"Movie of the Week: The Killers"
in Life, 21 (September 2, 1946)

Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers,"
original screenplay by Anthony Veiller,
typescript and carbon typescript, March 5, 1946, 138 pp.

This original screenplay, used for the 1946 film, contains numerous autograph revisions and typed inserts. "The Killers," staring Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, and Edmond O'Brien, was reportedly the only film adaptation of any of his fiction that Hemingway liked.

Be-sheleg ha-Kilimangaro
Hashomer Hatzair, Palestine: Sifrait Poalim, Workers' Book-Guild, 1946.

This scarce Hebrew edition of The Snows of Kilimanjaro, published in Palestine in 1946, was translated from the English by Miri Dor.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Hollywood: Twentieth-Century Fox, 1951.

Mimeographed screenplay, 132 pp., adapted from Hemingway's story by the screenwriter Casey Robinson. The script bears the stamped label "Shooting Final / May 26, 1951;" " however, it contains numerous autograph corrections throughout and the inked notation "with corrections to 6/22/51." The film, released in September 1952, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by Henry King, and starred Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, and Ava Gardner.

"Across the River and Into the Trees"
in Cosmopolitan, 128 (February and April 1950).

"Across the River and Into the Trees" appeared in five installments between February and June 1950. Hemingway's novel was inspired by his 1948 visit to the city of Venice and his relationship there with a young aristocratic beauty, Adriana Ivanchich.

Across the River and Into the Trees
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950.

First edition.

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