By Linda Wagner-Martin
The 1999 Hemingway centennial marks the correct time for the reevaluation of his place as America's most efficient modernist author. those essays, all written especially for this assortment, plumb unexplored historic information of Hemingway's existence to light up new and sometimes unforeseen dimensions of the strength of his literary accomplishment. Discussing biographical information of his own existence in addition to the subtleties of his personality, the textual content encompasses a variety of attention-grabbing pictures and pictures.
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Two of his best new stories—"My Old Man" and "Up in Michigan"—survived his loss, and Ernest was committed to be part of Bill Bird's inquest into the state of contemporary letters, edited by Ezra Pound. In January 1923 six of his poems appeared in Poetry magazine; in February Robert McAlmon agreed to publish a limited edition of Ernest's poems and stories. By March, Hemingway had produced six vignettes that he sent to Jane Heap's Little Review where, with another of his poems, they were published the following October.
Mary tolerated her husband's behavior with what grace she could manage. In January, Mary broke her leg skiing, and in March, Hemingway's eye, infected with erysipelas, put him in the Padua hospital. Before they returned to Cuba at the end of April, Hemingway had begun the story of a Venetian duck hunt. For six months at the Finca, Hemingway, having put aside his trilogy, used the duck-hunt story as a framing device for a novel—Across the River and Into the Trees. Aaron Hotchner, acting as Hemingway's sounding board and agent, negotiated an $85,000 price for the novel's serial rights.
Packing up most of her husband's Paris fiction, including the novel begun in Chicago, Hadley booked a seat on the night train to Switzerland. While buying mineral water at the station, she left her luggage unattended in her compartment. She returned to find that a thief had stolen the valise containing Ernest's writing. In tears, she arrived in Lausanne to face him with what he later reconstructed as one of his most painful experiences. Evidence now indicates that it was less traumatic than he remembered, for he apparently did not immediately return to Paris to check with the police or the station lost and found; nor did he post a meaningful reward (Hemingway: The Paris Years 84-104; Mellow).
A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway by Linda Wagner-Martin