HEMINGWAY, ERNEST Autograph manuscript comprising three drafts of the epilogue of The Dangerous Summer, Hemingway's final published work
. [Mostly Madrid:] circa August 1960. The archive containing ten leaves, being eight in manuscript in Hemingway's hand and two telegrams (one annotated), all housed in a fine chemise and full gilt morocco slipcase. Comprising: 1) Manuscript first draft in blue ink of the first paragraph of the epilogue, headed in ink by Hemingway "Epilogue as of 21/8/60," with several edits, 1/2 page, 6 x 8 1/2 inches (15.5 x 22 cm), the text of this first draft differing greatly from the published work; 2) Manuscript second draft in blue ink of the entire epilogue, 2 1/2 pages on the thin stationery of the Hotel Suecia-Madrid (the third sheet headed such), the first sheet with a circled "2nd" at top right in Hemingway's hand, each sheet 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (28 x 21 cm), with numerous edits in Hemingway's hand; 3) Manuscript third draft in blue ink of the entire epilogue, 2 1/2 pages on the thin stationery of the Hotel Suecia-Madrid (the second and third sheet headed such), each sheet 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (28 x 21 cm), the first sheet with "3rd version, 232 words" at top right in Hemingway's hand and the typed word "Club H" crossed out in ink, the final sheet with the date "5/9/60" above the total word count at lower right, the text with numerous tightly written edits in Hemingway's hand; 4) Signed manuscript translations of the title on recto and verso of one sheet, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches (13.5 x 21 cm), this sheet reporting the "Correct literal Translation" of El Verano Peligroso as El Verano Sangriente as per the authority Gerald Brennan and that "other titles worthless," signed "regards, Hemingway"; 5) Telegram from San Sabastian dated 21 August 1960 to Hemingway care of Antonio Ordonez at the Hotel Maria Cristina, signed in type "Blashill" being John Blashill, the Sports Illustrated writer accompanying Hemingway, reporting that he will "track down prisoner whose name Hotch knows and get release from her" and continuing asking Hemingway to provide a close word count on the epilogue so that the issue of Life can be typeset, with some manuscript text in blue ink in the margin below likely in Hemingway's hand regarding the word count, approximately 4 x 9 inches (10 x 23); 6) Telegram to Hemingway care of Bill Davis stamped both 31 August and 1 September 1960, the text asking Hemingway to choose a Spanish translation title for The Dangerous Summer and offering suggestions including Un Verano Sangiento, the telegram signed in text by Blashill, approximately 4 x 9 inches (10 x 23). The manuscripts accompanied by the three original issues of Life Magazine featuring The Dangerous Summer dated 5, 12 and 19 September 1960, housed in a cloth slipcase. The manuscript sheets with a few stray stains, minor handling and corner creases and pinholes, the blue text dark and bold; the telegrams with irregular edges and minor wear; the Life Magazines with minor edgewear; an attractive presentation overall.
Provenance: sold Sotheby's New York, 25 May 1983, lot 27, $8,800; sold Superior Stamp & Coin Manuscript Auction, Beverly Hills, CA, 18 November 1995, lot 383.
A rare Hemingway manuscript in private hands, the September 1960 epilogue provided under the heading "One Year Later, A Cable to Life." The Dangerous Summer chronicled the bloody contest for dominance between Spain's top matadors Antonio Ordonez and Luis Miguel Dominguin in the 1959 bullfighting season. Hemingway's presence at the bullfights during that season helped render it an international sensation and Hemingway's long essay (30,000 words edited down from 75,000) describing the "Mano a Manos" was published by Life in three installments in September 1960. Hemingway wrote the epilogue present here in August 1960 in order to bring "the careers of the two matadors up to date." The epilogue describes Ordonez entering the ring despite doctor's orders after being gored in the forearm and executing a fine faena with his left hand. Hemingway closes reporting that Ordonez had "fought himself back into shape" and that a "series of mano a manos between the two [brothers (this crossed out in the manuscript] in Spain would be the same deadly business." The telegrams here from Sports Illustrated writer John Blashill, assigned by Sports Illustrated to cover Hemingway's coverage of the bullfights and under Hemingway's wing that summer, provide insight to the working title of the article. The Dangerous Summer, published posthumously in 1985, is considered Hemingway's final book and these manuscripts of the epilogue the final published words of Hemingway before his July 1961 suicide. Such manuscripts are extremely rare at auction. See: GRISSOM, C. EDGAR, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography.
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