Can you imagine opening a book and finding a note from Hemingway inside?

Notes from History

Hemingway NoteTalk about a literary adventure! A note from F. Scott Fitzgerald to an unknown stranger is found inscribed in a book. Almost a hundred years later, the wife of a professor — who was a friend of Fitzgerald’s daughter — notices that the last page of the book has been removed, and uses the ol’ lightly-rub-a-pencil detective trick to reveal another note.

The message which had been scribbled on the last page was written by Hemingway! It’s the note he describes leaving about Fitzgerald missing a train in A Moveable Feast!

So that means the inscription Fitzgerald wrote in the front of the book — Portraits: Real and Imaginary, by Ernest Boyd — was almost certainly to Hemingway.

Notes from History

This post is part of The Hemingway Collection, an archive of essays, images, and hyperlinks to interesting articles about the great American author.

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You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.