Hem­ing­way’s first story un­earthed, writ­ten at age 10

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Rob Crilly in New York

ERNEST HEM­ING­WAY schol­ars have found what they the say is the ear­li­est ex­am­ple of the Amer­i­can au­thor’s fic­tion – a 14-page ac­count of an imag­i­nary jour­ney through Ire­land and Scot­land – writ­ten at the age of 10.

The water-stained brown note­book was dis­cov­ered in an am­mu­ni­tion box among the ar­chives of fam­ily friends in Key West, Florida, near where Hem­ing­way made his home in the Thir­ties.

Writ­ten in the form of a jour­nal and let­ters to his par­ents, dated Sept 8, 1909, it de­scribes the jour­ney in metic­u­lous de­tail with painstak­ing ac­counts of land­marks along the way.

Prof San­dra Spanier, ed­i­tor of the Hem­ing­way Let­ters Pro­ject, pub­lished by Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press, said: “I find it very in­ter­est­ing that at the age of 10, he is al­ready check­ing his maps and find­ing these local land­marks.”

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