Today is a sad anniversary ...
On this day in 1926 Ernest Hemingway ended his contract with his first publisher, Boni & Liveright;
this enabled him to sign with Scribners a week later.
Sherwood Anderson was a friend and mentor to Hemingway,
a guest at his wedding, and writer of a generous dust-jacket blurb for In Our Time
and of letters of introduction allowing Hemingway entry to the Parisian literary scene.
In a real sense Sherwood was the reason Hemingway got to meet those people
who would open further doors for him, gaining him the dream of being a successful writer.
The two writers met in a suburb of Chicago named Oak Park
while Hemingway worked as an editor for the Cooperative Commonwealth in 1919.
Anderson would go on to help Ernest publish his first successful work
(inspired by Sherwood’s own writing), In Our Time.
He was a sensitive soul and all his friends knew he had suffered a nervous breakdown in 1912.
Hemingway's first book, the story collection In Our Time,
had been published by Boni Liveright the previous autumn,
under a contract that granted them an option on his next three books.
Hemingway was a rising star with the finished first draft of The Sun Also Rises in his pocket,
along with tempting offers from other publishers -- Scribners, Knopf and Harcourt, Brace.
His only way around Horace Liveright was to get him to reject his next manuscript.
To submit The Torrents of Spring, a ninety-page satire which he knocked off in eleven days.
This aimed at a variety of targets, but chief among them was ...
Sherwood Anderson and the writing style of his "Chicago School."
Anderson was a leading author for Boni & Liveright,
and Hemingway knew that they wouldn't dare publish his slap at him.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, sadly, had urged Hemingway on.
John Dos Possoss told him that the book was "heartless and unfunny."
Gertrude Stein was outraged at Hemingway for doing it.
Hadley, Hemingway's wife,
thought the idea "detestable."
Sadly, she too was being double-dealed at this stage, and by summer would also be dumped.
In fact, Hemingway would trash Fitzgerald, Dos Possoss, and Gertrude Stein.
To know Hemingway was to eventually be betrayed by him.
Luckily, I have much better friends ...
Who wrote this review for RETURN OF THE LAST SHAMAN:
If you’re drawn to fast-paced novellas with a strong atmosphere of mystical and Native American spiritual beliefs,
then this book is for you. Author Roland Yeomans knows how to mix
shaman Wolf Howl’s otherworldly visions with Lakota gods, an AWOL Mossad assassin, a time-traveling Nikola Tesla, and other dimension possibilities.
The descriptions are sometimes poetic (“Her translucent skin seemed made of living moonbeams”)
and sometimes psychologically sharp (“…she got caught living in between her disguise and her distress”).
Then there are the touches of humor and snark that lighten an otherwise dark apocalyptic story.
THANKS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO PLAN TO WRITE REVIEWS OF
RETURN OF THE LAST SHAMAN