Lot 137

Ernest Hemingway from the Library of Joan Didion

Estimate: $400 - $800
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Including: A Farewell to Arms; Death in the Afternoon; For Whom the Bell Tolls; Across the River and Into Trees; To Have and Have Not; The Garden of Eden; The Sun Also Rises;  The Nick Adams Stories; Hemmingway in the 1930s by Michael Reynolds; The Young Hemingway by Michael Reynolds; The Essential Hemingway, Granada Publishing; The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Scribner's; Hemingway, The Writer as Artist by Carlos Baker; and Ernest Hemingway, A Life Story by Carlos Baker. All with bookplates from the Library of Joan Didion.

Note: Hemingway's writing played a seminal role in Didion's development as a young writer. She has written and spoken about Hemingway extensively, including in her 1998 piece for The New Yorker. Asked in a Paris Review interview who her favorite writer was, Didion replied "I always say Hemingway, because he taught me how sentences worked...I mean they're perfect sentences. Very direct sentences, smooth rivers, clear water over granite, no sinkholes."  Joan Didion's library contained many Hemingway books, the offering here is a small selection. The majority of her Hemingway books had notations and comments by Didion written in them and will be part of the Joan Didion/John Gregory Dunne Archive established by Didion's estate. 


All with wear consistent with age and use. Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.