Monday, April 12, 2021

No Mr. Niceguy …

Novelist James Jones Showed Grace in the Face of Hemingway’s Cruelty. (Hat tip, Jon Caroulis.)

… In 1950, the publisher Charles Scribner sent galleys of my father’s first novel, From Here to Eternity, to Hemingway, hoping for an endorsement. What Scribner got back was a letter so vile, so cruel, so ugly, it is still hard for me to believe Hemingway wrote it. He compares my father’s writing to snot, he calls him a phony and a coward (a wounded combat veteran of Guadalcanal!), and Hemingway ends by saying he hopes my father kills himself.

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