Magazines Battle Over Long-Lost Hemingway Story

Ernest Hemingway may have already passed away, but he lives on through his work. Though the acclaimed other is best known for his novels like The Sun Also Rises, recently there has been some fighting between magazines over publishing one of his first short stories.

According to The Independent, Ernest Hemingway wrote the 5-page story “My Life in the Bull Ring With Donald Ogden Stewart” when he was 25 years old. At the time, he sent it to Vanity Fair to be published, but it was rejected. Now, years later — and posthumously — Vanity Fair has offered to print the story it initially turned down. But Hemingway’s estate now turned down their offer, as Paul Bignell explains.

Michael Katakis of the Hemingway Estate, told The Independent on Sunday: “We’re very careful with unpublished material. The question is: ‘If Hemingway were alive, would he want it published in a magazine like Vanity Fair, or would he want it relegated to a scholarly examination of how a writer was developing? […] “I’m not a great fan of Vanity Fair. It’s a sort of luxury thinker’s magazine – for people who get their satisfaction out of driving a Jaguar instead of a Mini.”

Vanity Fair snoozed, lost, and now it’s snoozing again, as according to Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s got the go ahead to publish the story.

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