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    Ernest Hemingway Contributes Material to a Magazine Via Telegram

    [Ernest Hemingway, contributor]. Ken [Magazine]. Chicago: Ken, April 7, 1938. Volume I, Number I. First edition of the first issue of this progressive, anti-fascist magazine. Approximately 13.25 x 10.5 inches. Original publisher's wrappers. Mild wear, some toning and a few tears to wrappers and text. Overall, very good. [With:] Ernest Hemingway. An Original Telegram from Hemingway to Ken Magazine Managing Editor Arnold Gingrich. [Chicago]: Western Union, Feb. 26, 1938, 4:23 pm. Approximately 10.5 x 8 inches. One quarto sheet of Western Union stationery. With fourteen lines of text affixed from telex beneath masthead. Some mild toning, several creases, receipt inkstamp on verso, else fine. The text of the telegram from Hemingway to Gingrich is as follows: "Thanks Wire Hows This For Box Quote Ernest Hemingway/Has Been In Spain Since Ken Was First Projected Stop/Although Announced As An Editor He Has Taken No Part/In The Editing Of The Magazine Or In The Formation Of Its/Policies Stop If He Sees Eye To Eye With Us On Ken We/Would Like To Have Him As An Editor Stop If Not He/Will Remain As A Contributor until He Is Fired Or Quits/Unquote Whats Best Length For You Give Choice Know How/Tired You Must Be Sorry I Was Rude Only Meant To Put My/Problem Clearly Regards Good Trip=/Ernest." This text is reproduced virtually word-for-word on page 37 of the magazine (obviously taking out the "Stops"). Since Gingrich used this telegram for the item printed in the magazine, it must be considered to be the manuscript that Hemingway submitted for this note (making it one of the most unusual Hemingway manuscripts in existence). "This boxed notice [on page 37, as mentioned above] was taken directly from a telegram which Hemingway sent to Arnold Gingrich, the editor, from Key West, on February 26, 1938. The only change was the insertion of the words "contracted and" in the second sentence." (Hanneman). Hemingway also has an article in this issue entitled, "The Time Now, The Place Spain." Hemingway is listed on the magazine's masthead as a contributor, not as an editor. Although Ken ran for several years (for about thirty bi-monthly issues), Hemingway only contributed material to fourteen issues. Hanneman C283.

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