ERNEST "PAPA" HEMINGWAY - ANNOTATED TYPED LETTER UNSIGNED 01/18/1961 - HFSID 43137
ERNEST HEMINGWAY Ernest Hemingway sends an unsigned typed letter but adds one line in his own hand. Annotated Typed Letter unsigned, but with one line in Hemingway's hand, 1p, 8x8. St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota, 1961 January 18. To Mr. & Mrs.
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Ernest Hemingway sends an unsigned typed letter but adds one line in his own hand.
Annotated Typed Letter unsigned, but with one line in Hemingway's hand, 1p, 8x8. St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota, 1961 January 18. To Mr. & Mrs. Milton Wolff, Linden Point, Stoney Creek, Connecticut. Begins: "Dear Milt and Ann". In full: "Thanks for the note. Have the blood pressure thing about licked now and will be out of here shortly. It got really too high this time and they are controlling it by keeping my weight down. But 175 is a rough weight for me to make x Salud and take it easy." Highlighted line in Hemingway's hand. American novelist and journalist ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961) wrote this note just four days before being released from St. Mary's Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota - and less than six months before he ended his own life. Hemingway had entered the hospital incognito on November 30, 1960, suffering from severe depression and anxiety that had forced his blood pressure up to 250/125. Doctors watched his weight, trying to keep him around 175 pounds, and administered shock treatment to dissipate his delusions of persecution. After recovering from a head cold, Hemingway, who wishes his correspondent "good health" at the end of this letter, was released on January 22. By this time, the weather had improved enough so that Hemingway could charter a flight back to his home in Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked on a sketchbook that documented his life in Paris from 1921 to 1926. Unfortunately, Hemingway's recovery was short-lived. He began contemplating suicide, and by early April he had made two attempts to shoot himself. From April 25 to June 26, Hemingway was once again a patient at the famous clinic, but no real improvement was realized. He took his own life on July 2, 1961; his Paris sketchbook would be published posthumously as The Moveable Feast in 1964. Hemingway's stay at the Mayo Clinic had become known to the public on January 11. After that time, he received numerous get-well wishes from old friends, including MILTON WOLFF, who had been a platoon commander in the Lincoln Machine-Gun Company during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Hemingway had met Wolff during his second trip to Spain (September-December 1937), when he was a war correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Although Wolff signed an open letter, criticizing Hemingway's depiction of the War in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), the two had remained friends for more than two decades. Lightly creased with folds, vertical folds at 2 words of writing. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 32¾x23¼.
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