ERNEST "PAPA" HEMINGWAY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/24/1956 - HFSID 291586
ERNEST HEMINGWAY Handwritten letter to associate Peter Buckley, signed "Papa," filled with tales of his time spent in Spain and France meeting bullfighters and other famous friends. Autograph Letter signed: "Papa", 1 page, 8¼x10½. Paris, 1956 November 24.
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Handwritten letter to associate Peter Buckley, signed "Papa," filled with tales of his time spent in Spain and France meeting bullfighters and other famous friends.
Autograph Letter signed: "Papa", 1 page, 8¼x10½. Paris, 1956 November 24. On letterhead of the Hotel Ritz to "Dear Peter" [Buckley], in full: "Thank you very much for the lovely big pictures. The ones at Zaragosa and the one of Antonio [Ordonez] and Mary were especially good. Would you do me a very big favour and be a good boy and do it promptly? Please send the pictures you took of Mary and me and Cooch Behar and Gina Egan in the bariera to Miss Gina Egan [at London address]. I promised to see they were sent and have worried about them. Please do this Peter. We saw a lot of Juanito Madinaveitia and also had lunch once and dinner twice with Juan Belamonte . We had a wonderful time together. Mary is much better in every way. I've been following Juanito's regime faithfully. When get next pressure taken will assess how things go. Coldest Nov. 23 in Paris since 1914, -4°. Shot a lot of partridges in Spain. Got some good pictures. We took Caro to the shoot. He sends his best to you. Mary and I send love. [signature, followed by brief postscript]"Your father who was gin crazed prior to conception will be here 3 weeks more." ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961) was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, admired for the moving quality of his stories and praised (and criticized) for his economy of language and deceptively simple prose style. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954). Hemingway's novels reflect his adventurous life. A Farewell to Arms draws on his service as an ambulance driver in World War I, and disillusionment with the war. The Sun Also Rises reflects his experience as a correspondent in Paris during the 1920s, very much in touch with the literary leaders of the "Lost Generation." For Whom the Bell Tolls was shaped by his experience covering the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway felt at home in Paris, although his claimed arrival at the Hotel Ritz on the day of the city's liberation is probably a myth. He also loved Spain and its bullfighting, which appealed to his sense of bravado. Seriously ailing, Hemingway shot himself in 1961. Mary Hemingway, whom he met in London during World War II, was his fourth and final wife. Peter Buckley was an acquaintance of Hemingway's, something of a hanger on. He had quarreled with Hemingway at the Zaragosa festival mentioned in this letter, and was apparently trying (ultimately unsuccessfully) to regain Hemingway's favor by sending him photographs taken there. Antonio Ordonez was a Spanish matador, the hero of Hemingway's The Dangerous Summer. Cooch Behar was the Cambridge educated Maharajah of Cooch (or Koch) Behar, a princely state in the Himalayas, later recipient of a British knighthood. Gina Egan was his second wife, officially the Maharana of Behar. Juanito Madinaveitia was Hemingway's doctor in Spain. Juan Belamonte was another famed matador, considered by some the greatest of all time, and a close friend of Hemingway's (figuring prominently in Death in the Afternoon and The Sun Also Rises. Julio Caro Baroja was an archaeologist and historian, the nephew of Basque writer Pio Baroja. Creased. Multiple mailing folds. Notch at top edge. Heavily soiled (not effecting signature). Bottom edge torn near right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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