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    "Marlene, darling, I write stories but I have no grace for fucking them up for other mediums."

    Ernest Hemingway Typed Letter Signed to Marlene Dietrich. One and half pages with a lengthy holographic postscript, 8.25"x 11". Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba; August 28, 1955. A salacious letter that begins with an erotic fantasy, but then takes a darker tone, addressed to "Dear Kraut."

    By the mid-1950s, both Dietrich and Hemingway had achieved great success in their respective careers, but having reached a pinnacle, both were faced with similar challenges regarding compromising their artistry while maintaining an income. Dietrich was mainly doing live performances in cabarets, and Las Vegas had become a frequent venue. He opens his letter with suggestions made in jest, for a Las Vegas collaboration: "If I were staging it would probably have something novel like having you shot onto the stage, drunk, from a self propelled minnenwerfer which would advance in from the street rolling over the customers. We would be playing 'Land of Hope and Glory.' As you landed on the stage drunk and naked I would advance from the rear, or your rear wearing evening clothes and would hurriedly strip off my evening clothes to cover you revealing the physique of Burt Lancaster Strognfort and announce that we were sorry that we did not know the lady was loaded. All this time the Thirty ton S/P/ Mortar would be bulldozing the customers as we break into the Abortion Scene from 'Lakme'."

    Hemingway's thoughts next take a turn to literary matters: "Marlene, darling, I write stories but I have no grace for fucking them up for other mediums. It is hard enough for me to learn to write to be read by the human eye. I do not know how, nor do I care to know how to write to be read by parrots, monkeys, apes, baboons, nor actors."

    Hemingway had won the Nobel Prize for Literature the previous year, and was being courted by Hollywood to turn The Old Man and the Sea into a movie. The mood of his letter gets darker by the line, he continues: "I love you very much and I never wanted to get mixed in any business with you as I wrote you when this thing first was brought up. Neither of us has enough whore blood for that. Not but what I number many splendid whores amongst my best friends and certainly never, I hope, could be accused of anti-whoreism... What I hear from the boys is that many people in Las Vegas or three of four anyway of the mains are over-extended... But watch all money ends. Some people would as soon have the publicity of making you look bad as of your expected and legitimate success. But that is the way everything is everywhere and no criticism of Nevada... Book is on page 592. This week Thursday we start photogrophy on fishing. Am in charge of fishing etc. and it is going to be difficult enough. With a bad back a little worse. The Artist is not here naturally... " Hemingway had suffered serious injuries in two different plane accidents in 1954, and the back pain mentioned in his letter is the result of those injuries. He would soon be bed-ridden. It is unclear what book he is talking about, as he did not publish anything during this time.

    Hemingway signs the letter, "Papa" and adds a holographic postscript: "Started OK in on fishing - one 472 lbs and one 422 lbs. very good close shots of harpooning at the end but fish was toll small even in cinemascope foe what we need - must have bigger fish - system of photography and the way local boats work and how close we can ride herd on them very good. Steer 7 to 10 hrs on flying bridge and it is hard work."

    Condition: With usual flattened folds, otherwise excellent condition.


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    October, 2016
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