HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961.
Typed Letter Signed ("Ernest Hemingway"), 1 p, 4to, Cuba, February 8, 1956, to Professor Arthur L. Scott, on Finca Vigia stationery, with autograph postscript, light creasing and toning as usual, otherwise fine.
Hemingway writes an angry letter to a scholar who has written asking about possibly anti-semitic revisions to the Bantam edition of The Sun Also Rises: "Your letter came this morning and effectively destroyed a morning's work. / I finally located a copy of the Bantam edition of The Sun Also Rises and was unable to locate any references that had been deleted as to Robert Cohn having been a Jew at Princeton...." He goes on to quote the publisher's text avowing that the Bantam edition has not been changed from the original. He continues: "I hope that even when I write a novel in the first person you do not hold me responsable [sic] for the opinions of the narrator nor of his characters. If you think the book is anti-Semitic you must be out of your mind or at least not in the full possession of your critical faculties ... A writer's first duty is to write well and straight as he can and his greatest privelege [sic] is to have the time to do it in."
Accompanied by a letter from Hemingway's publisher at Scribner's to Scott confirming that, in spite of Hemingway's protestations, the first Bantam edition did contain changes to the text made without the publisher's or author's consent, and subsequent editions (which is what Hemingway had at hand) were restored to the original version. Also a Typed Letter Signed ("Harold")of Harold Loeb (Weston, CT, [April 3, 1973]) to Scott, with original transmittal envelope. Loeb was Hemingway's model for the character of Robert Cohn in The Sun Also Rises. All housed together in handsome morocco custom case by the Heritage Bindery.