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    "Your affectionate Bro. - Hemingstein"

    [Ernest Hemingway]. Typed Letter Signed by Ernest Hemingway to His Brother Leicester, Expressing His Concern Over Leicester's Desire to Join-Up to Fight World War II.

    One-page typed letter on onionskin paper with "Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba" printed at the top of the sheet. Letter is addressed to "Baron." Signed in ink "Hemingstein" and below that, also in Hemingway's hand, "From Ernest Hemingway to L. C. Hemingway." Also written in ink by Hemingway is the date "January 24" (no year, but circa 1942) as well as a short note about travel plans, signed "E. H." In very good condition with the usual folds and some areas of light discoloration along part of two of the folds, and a couple of spots of foxing. Sheet measures approximately 8.5 x 11 inches.

    This original letter, reprinted in Leicester Hemingway's critically acclaimed memoir, My Brother, Ernest Hemingway (1962) is a serious letter from Ernest Hemingway to his (apparently notoriously careless) brother Leicester (1915-1982), sixteen years his junior. In it, Hemingway lays out all the reasons it would, perhaps, not be in the best interests of Leicester, Leicester's wife and children, and the U.S. military for him to volunteer for the fighting forces during World War II. Hemingway's admonitions to his brother are stern and frank, and even though he apologizes for the "bawling out" he has delivered, he quite plainly meant this letter to be taken seriously. He ends the letter: "Write me always about anything that worries you or on which I can help. Your affectionate Bro. [signed] Hemingstein."

    A wonderful informal letter from a concerned and affectionate older brother, filled with interesting misspellings, typos, and cross-outs.


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