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ERNEST HEMINGWAY RARE New Yorker 1950 first edition "How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?" later published as famed book Portrait of Hemingway

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There is no other book - well, magazine article which became a book - like this one.

Absolutely nothing compares to the rarity and insanely special importance of this item, a genuine copy of The New Yorker dated May 13, 1950 in which an article by Lillian Ross, detailing a fascinating few days with Hemingway and a personal unparalleled look into his life, which is the original publication of so many of the writer's famous quotes, and which went on to become the seminal novel Portrait of Hemingway.

"How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?"

Read that again if you must, because it should give you chills. The fact that this is basically the draft of such a famous work, the fact it holds such an interesting story written in the way that you feel you are speaking with (and traveling with and drinking with and laughing with) the eminent man, a true enigma, Ernest Hemingway.

Here are some quotes to give you an idea of how wonderful the article is, and how crazy it is that such a scarce copy of such an important and enthralling work found its way here, to you, who now has the chance to buy it and own it yourself. A piece of history, a literary gem, an item so personally linked to the writer it may as well be a diary, what reads like a movie you can truly see and hear as it unfolds, or maybe simply a memory you think you've had yourself - that is what this is, and I can't express to you how it feels to own it and read it.

You could yourself, just think about that.

- "In pencil, he added "Time is the least thing we have of.""

- "“She’s better book than ‘Farewell,’ ” Hemingway said. “I think this is best one, but you are always prejudiced, I guess. Especially if you want to be champion.”"

- "“After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead,” he said moodily. “But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.”"

- "“Cigarettes smell so awful to you when you have a nose that can truly smell,” he said, and laughed, hunching his shoulders and raising the back of his fist to his face, as though he expected somebody to hit him. Then he enumerated elk, deer, possum, and coon as some of the things he can truly smell."

- "The bartender came up, and Hemingway asked him to bring another round of drinks. Then he said, “First thing we do, Mary, as soon as we hit hotel, is call up the Kraut.” “The Kraut,” he told me, with that same fist-to-the-face laugh, is his affectionate term for Marlene Dietrich, an old friend, and is part of a large vocabulary of special code terms and speech mannerisms indigenous to the Finca Vigia. “We have a lot of fun talking a sort of joke language,” he said.
“First we call Marlene, and then we order caviar and champagne, Papa,” Mrs. Hemingway said. “I’ve been waiting months for that caviar and champagne.”"

- "“Italy was so damned wonderful,” he said. “It was sort of like having died and gone to Heaven, a place you’d figured never to see.”"

- "Hemingway went back to the bookcase and stood there stiffly, as though he could not decide what to do with himself. He looked at the pasteboard backs again and said, “Phony, just like the town.” I said that there was a tremendous amount of talk about him these days in literary circles—that the critics seemed to be talking and writing definitively not only about the work he had done but about the work he was going to do. He said that of all the people he did not wish to see in New York, the people he wished least to see were the critics."

- "He began his new book as a short story. “Then I couldn’t stop it. It went straight on into a novel,” he said. “That’s the way all my novels got started. When I was twenty-five, I read novels by Somersault Maugham and Stephen St. Vixen Benét.” He laughed hoarsely. “They had written novels, and I was ashamed because I had not written any novels. So I wrote ‘The Sun’ when I was twenty-seven, and I wrote it in six weeks, starting on my birthday, July 21st, in Valencia, and finishing it September 6th, in Paris. But it was really lousy and the rewriting took nearly five months. Maybe that will encourage young writers so they won’t have to go get advice from their psychoanalysts.""

And of course, the part with the phrase which created the infamous title, one Hemingway says twice in the work: "The new novel has a good deal of profanity in it. “That’s because in war they talk profane, although I always try to talk gently,” he said, sounding like a man who is trying to believe what he is saying. “I think I’ve got ‘Farewell’ beat in this one,” he went on. He touched his briefcase. “It hasn’t got the youth and the ignorance.” Then he asked wearily, “How do you like it now, gentlemen?”"

How do you like it now, gentlemen?

You can almost hear him say it, like he's saying it just to you.

I could go on forever, quoting every line, everything Hemingway said to Ross about so many different topics, every observation Ross had of the writer as he went through his days with the journalist and famous persons like the actress Marlene Dietrich or his wife at the time Mary Hemingway or his publisher, the original Scribner, et. al.

But I won't. Because I want you to want this magazine as much as anyone rightly should, and I want it to find its way to you so you can experience it like it should be experienced: on your lap or a table in a cafe, carefully placed next to a coffee or as Hemingway would have it a bourbon, and read in complete isolation so you can take it in and let it take you with it. Reading should sometimes be like that, no? In this case, I'd say it should.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: "How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?"
-Author: Lillian Ross, late famous reporter for The New Yorker
-Subject: Ernest Hemingway
-Format: First edition publication which went on to become published as bestseller Portrait of Hemingway, original copy of The New Yorker - Saturday, May 13 1950 - Issue # 1317 - Vol. 26 - N° 12 - full color cover by Constantin Alajalov, color and black and white ads throughout, price listed as 20 cents on cover, glossy pages bound with staples, article starts on page 36 and ends on page 56.
-Condition: Mint
-Publisher: The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.
-Copyright: 1950, The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.
-Date published: May 13, 1950
-Provenance: I found this online based entirely on a random search that had nothing to do with Ernest Hemingway until I realized I had a rare paperback copy of The Sun Also Rises and wanted to see if I could find more. That led me to this, which wasn't advertised especially well so that it was likely hard to find (if not impossibly difficult) for anyone actually looking for it specifically! So really, it was pure luck I found it and now I can't wait for someone else to come across it on my site and have it for themselves. The thrill alone is worth it :) This was October 2017.
-Pricing: I priced this based entirely on its scarcity. You can't find this almost anywhere -- I was able to find only one physical copy (as it has been archived and digitized and reprinted online countless times) of this work, though its eventual publication in book form is easier to find in first and many other editions - the other one of THIS that I found only after much research, and the listing comes with no pictures and other reasons I question the authenticity, but as such, the rarity and condition and fame of the work all entered into my calculation!
There is no other book - well, magazine article which became a book - like this one.

Absolutely nothing compares to the rarity and insanely special importance of this item, a genuine copy of The New Yorker dated May 13, 1950 in which an article by Lillian Ross, detailing a fascinating few days with Hemingway and a personal unparalleled look into his life, which is the original publication of so many of the writer's famous quotes, and which went on to become the seminal novel Portrait of Hemingway.

"How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?"

Read that again if you must, because it should give you chills. The fact that this is basically the draft of such a famous work, the fact it holds such an interesting story written in the way that you feel you are speaking with (and traveling with and drinking with and laughing with) the eminent man, a true enigma, Ernest Hemingway.

Here are some quotes to give you an idea of how wonderful the article is, and how crazy it is that such a scarce copy of such an important and enthralling work found its way here, to you, who now has the chance to buy it and own it yourself. A piece of history, a literary gem, an item so personally linked to the writer it may as well be a diary, what reads like a movie you can truly see and hear as it unfolds, or maybe simply a memory you think you've had yourself - that is what this is, and I can't express to you how it feels to own it and read it.

You could yourself, just think about that.

- "In pencil, he added "Time is the least thing we have of.""

- "“She’s better book than ‘Farewell,’ ” Hemingway said. “I think this is best one, but you are always prejudiced, I guess. Especially if you want to be champion.”"

- "“After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead,” he said moodily. “But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.”"

- "“Cigarettes smell so awful to you when you have a nose that can truly smell,” he said, and laughed, hunching his shoulders and raising the back of his fist to his face, as though he expected somebody to hit him. Then he enumerated elk, deer, possum, and coon as some of the things he can truly smell."

- "The bartender came up, and Hemingway asked him to bring another round of drinks. Then he said, “First thing we do, Mary, as soon as we hit hotel, is call up the Kraut.” “The Kraut,” he told me, with that same fist-to-the-face laugh, is his affectionate term for Marlene Dietrich, an old friend, and is part of a large vocabulary of special code terms and speech mannerisms indigenous to the Finca Vigia. “We have a lot of fun talking a sort of joke language,” he said.
“First we call Marlene, and then we order caviar and champagne, Papa,” Mrs. Hemingway said. “I’ve been waiting months for that caviar and champagne.”"

- "“Italy was so damned wonderful,” he said. “It was sort of like having died and gone to Heaven, a place you’d figured never to see.”"

- "Hemingway went back to the bookcase and stood there stiffly, as though he could not decide what to do with himself. He looked at the pasteboard backs again and said, “Phony, just like the town.” I said that there was a tremendous amount of talk about him these days in literary circles—that the critics seemed to be talking and writing definitively not only about the work he had done but about the work he was going to do. He said that of all the people he did not wish to see in New York, the people he wished least to see were the critics."

- "He began his new book as a short story. “Then I couldn’t stop it. It went straight on into a novel,” he said. “That’s the way all my novels got started. When I was twenty-five, I read novels by Somersault Maugham and Stephen St. Vixen Benét.” He laughed hoarsely. “They had written novels, and I was ashamed because I had not written any novels. So I wrote ‘The Sun’ when I was twenty-seven, and I wrote it in six weeks, starting on my birthday, July 21st, in Valencia, and finishing it September 6th, in Paris. But it was really lousy and the rewriting took nearly five months. Maybe that will encourage young writers so they won’t have to go get advice from their psychoanalysts.""

And of course, the part with the phrase which created the infamous title, one Hemingway says twice in the work: "The new novel has a good deal of profanity in it. “That’s because in war they talk profane, although I always try to talk gently,” he said, sounding like a man who is trying to believe what he is saying. “I think I’ve got ‘Farewell’ beat in this one,” he went on. He touched his briefcase. “It hasn’t got the youth and the ignorance.” Then he asked wearily, “How do you like it now, gentlemen?”"

How do you like it now, gentlemen?

You can almost hear him say it, like he's saying it just to you.

I could go on forever, quoting every line, everything Hemingway said to Ross about so many different topics, every observation Ross had of the writer as he went through his days with the journalist and famous persons like the actress Marlene Dietrich or his wife at the time Mary Hemingway or his publisher, the original Scribner, et. al.

But I won't. Because I want you to want this magazine as much as anyone rightly should, and I want it to find its way to you so you can experience it like it should be experienced: on your lap or a table in a cafe, carefully placed next to a coffee or as Hemingway would have it a bourbon, and read in complete isolation so you can take it in and let it take you with it. Reading should sometimes be like that, no? In this case, I'd say it should.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: "How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?"
-Author: Lillian Ross, late famous reporter for The New Yorker
-Subject: Ernest Hemingway
-Format: First edition publication which went on to become published as bestseller Portrait of Hemingway, original copy of The New Yorker - Saturday, May 13 1950 - Issue # 1317 - Vol. 26 - N° 12 - full color cover by Constantin Alajalov, color and black and white ads throughout, price listed as 20 cents on cover, glossy pages bound with staples, article starts on page 36 and ends on page 56.
-Condition: Mint
-Publisher: The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.
-Copyright: 1950, The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.
-Date published: May 13, 1950
-Provenance: I found this online based entirely on a random search that had nothing to do with Ernest Hemingway until I realized I had a rare paperback copy of The Sun Also Rises and wanted to see if I could find more. That led me to this, which wasn't advertised especially well so that it was likely hard to find (if not impossibly difficult) for anyone actually looking for it specifically! So really, it was pure luck I found it and now I can't wait for someone else to come across it on my site and have it for themselves. The thrill alone is worth it :) This was October 2017.
-Pricing: I priced this based entirely on its scarcity. You can't find this almost anywhere -- I was able to find only one physical copy (as it has been archived and digitized and reprinted online countless times) of this work, though its eventual publication in book form is easier to find in first and many other editions - the other one of THIS that I found only after much research, and the listing comes with no pictures and other reasons I question the authenticity, but as such, the rarity and condition and fame of the work all entered into my calculation!

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I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
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