Lot n° 95
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HEMINGWAY ERNEST (1899-1961).
Signed letter, signed « Ernest », with autograph additions, Havana (Cuba) 11 March , to Walter WINCHELL ; 2 pages in-4 typed letter writer pencil additions; in English.
Long letter on his quarrels with his wife Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway and his work on For Whom The Bell Tolls. As always, Hemingway’s letters are immensely funny and witty.
Walter WINCHELL (1929-1963) was an American Newspaper Columnist, who had a nationally syndicated column for the New York Daily Mirror and also radio journalist. He was a friend of Hemingway who writes whilst hard at work on his longest novel For Whom The Bell Tolls. Hemingway is eager to calm rumours of his “rift” with his second wife, Pauline, and comments on his work progress. In Pauline’s place had come Martha Gellhorn, whom he met in December 1936, in Sloppy Joe’s, the Key West bar Hemingway frequented. She joined him the next year in Spain where he was helping prepare the documentary film, “The Spanish Earth.” The two married in Cheyenne, Wyoming on 21 November 1940.
For Whom the Bell Tolls was published on 21 October 1940.
In the body of his letter Hemingway writes in full: “If it looks like anybody is beating you (a lucky punch by a prick. Remember Al McCoy knocking out George Chip) you can say, with my backing, ‘No matter what you hear about the Hemingway rift there will be no action until his book is finished. White people (meaning Pauline) [Pfeffer Hemingway, his second wife; the couple separated in the fall of 1939 and were divorced in November 1940] don’t try to put good writers out of business. You can leave out the good writer part if you think it’s a publicity gag. But I’ve worked on this novel every day for one year and thirteen days and got up this morning at 3:30 and worked till seven so as to have the day for income tax. For your information book is (I mean because I’m not trying to write you publicity for me but because you have always been a pal and I don’
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