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Exhibition Themes > Literature > 219. Ernest Hemingway

219.  Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).  Autograph letter, signed to Daniel Longwell, 3 pages,. San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, July 6, 1952. RBML, Daniel Longwell Papers

Daniel Longwell (1899 - 1968) began his distinguished career as an editor at Doubleday, supervising the publication of books by Edna Ferber, Ellen Glasgow and other writers. In 1934, he joined the staff of Time, Inc., becoming one of the founding editors of Life magazine, and serving as chairman of its board of editors from 1946 until his retirement in 1954. In this letter, written from the Finca Vigia, his beloved house in Cuba, Hemingway tells Longwell how important it is for him to have The Old Man and the Sea published in Life where people who could not afford to buy the book would be able to read it, adding, "That makes me much happier than to have a Nobel prize." The work appeared in the issue of September 1, 1952. Hemingway would receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style."

Gift of Mrs. Daniel Longwell, 1969

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