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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1791

Ernest Hemingway letters to Harvey Breit


Letters from American novelist Ernest Hemingway and American columnist for Harvey Breit on writing, baseball, and boxing.


  • Creation: 1950-1961

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of 93 letters, 1950-1961, from Hemingway to Harvey Breit together with a copy of "Fragments from Ernst von Hemingstein's Journal," a telephone interview conducted by Breit in 1954, and two letters from Mary Hemingway. Hemingway's letters are full of discussions of writers and their books, baseball, and boxing.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist and short story writer. Harvey Breit (1909-1968) was an American author and columnist for the New York Times Book Review.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

*66M-74. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edmundo Lassalle, 635 Park Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1966.

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Ernest Hemingway letters to Harvey Breit: Guide.
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