The lawyer headline penned by this blog refers to a vignette from non-fiction author Nicholas Reynold’s “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961.”
Papa was a spy pretty much for any anti-fascist organization, country, or army who agreed to bring him on board writes Reynolds in 2017.
For purposes of today’s blog, PillartoPost.org focuses on another facet of Hemingway’s past: his bad temper.
As Reynolds points out Hemingway was livid that, Esquire Magazine in1958 chose to republish a short story that the venerable magazine first published in its December 1938 edition. What made him mad was Esquire editors didn’t ask permission to republish a short story called “The Butterfly and the Tank.”
Papa sicced his New York mouthpiece to sue Esquire arguing that in 1938 Hemingway was totally anti-fascist and pro-Russian, but in 1958 the Russians were our arch enemies. Hemingway’s side argued the republication put the author in a bad light for his then leftist leanings. In 1958 being a leftist was dangerous in many back alleys. Much a do-do later, Hemingway dropped the lawsuit. It’s all in Reynolds’ fine book that’s available online at Amazon and Barnes/Noble.