AN AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM WRITTEN IN THE HAND OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY [Lines From 'VALENTINE For a Mr. Lee Wilson Dodd and Any of His Friends Who Want It']
Price: 12,500.00 USD
([Paris]: 1928), HEMINGWAY MANUSCRIPT POETRY IS VERY SCARCE AND THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE, A POEM THAT WAS FOR HEMINGWAY WHAT GAS FROM A BURNER WAS FOR JAMES JOYCE, an invective against his detractors. This is also a particularly personal and evocative poem, bringing to mind a plethora of images of the great writer reacting to a harsh critic. The poem also represents aptly a creative period in Hemingway's life which was probably never again equaled. Indeed, by the 1930's it is said, Hemingway himself thought that he was 'over the hill'. Hemingway's second collection of short stories, MEN WITHOUT WOMEN, was published in October of 1927 and was variously received by critics. Cosmopolitan magazine's Ray Long praised "Fifty Grand", calling it, "one of the best short stories that ever came to my hands...the best prize-fight story I ever read...a remarkable piece of realism." However some critics, and chiefly among them Wilson Lee Dodd, found Hemingway's subjects lacking. Dodd's article entitled "Simple Annals of the Callous" appeared in the Saturday Review of Literature. It was harsh in no uncertain terms. Joseph Wood Krutch called the stories in Men Without Women "Sordid little catastrophes", involving "very vulgar people." Hemingway responded to these less favorable reviews with a poem, which was first published in the final issue of 'The Little Review' in May of 1929. It is probable that these seven lines jotted off on an envelope were forerunner to the completed poem prior to publication; a work in progress. We are left with questions nearly as intriguing as Hemingway's own words. The records show that only four Hemingway manuscript poems or fragments have been offered at auction in the last forty years, one of which was actually typescript. Seven manuscript lines from Hemingway's poem written in response to criticism of MEN WITHOUT WOMEN. Approx. 9.5 by 6 inches, now handsomely mounted and framed behind glass. The frame is glazed on both sides to allow both the recto and verso to be viewed. 1 page. A fine and very evocative item, beautifully presented.