Hemingway’s first story unearthed, written at age 10
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.”