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How would you like to read The Sun Also Rises in Ernie’s own handwriting?
Well you can. There is a book from Omnigraphics called Archive of Literary Documents Vol. II Ernest Hemingway, 1990. It is a two-volume facsimile reproduction of the manuscript first draft and related material.
As you may recall, Ernie wrote The Sun Also Rises in pencil in seven French student composition notebooks called cahiers. I love the story about how he would leave Hadley and Bumby and their little apartment in the early morning and go to a café, drink coffee and write what turned out to be this novel. And how he knew well before hand, before he ever put a word down on paper, that he was going to write a famous novel.
I first came across the Omnigraphics book when visiting the Hemingway Room and the J.F. Kennedy Library a couple of years ago. I tracked down Omnigraphics – thank gawd for the Internet – called them – they still had some inventory – and purchased it for $150. I have to admit that it is a gem in my small collection.
It is remarkable how Ernie wrote in what I call “final form.” You can see what appear to be erasures but they could also be bleed-thoroughs from the copying process. Included in the facsimiles are the front and back pages of the cahiers which show Ernie’s personal notes especially his famous “word count” and budget.
So, if you want to enjoy a whole new perspective on The Sun Also Rises read this Omnigraphics book. You will time travel back to 1925, you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and watch Ernie write.
Edited by RobbieJor on 18 November 2005 at 3:07pm