ALS signed “Ernie,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 10.25, December 22, . Letter to his mother, written from Key West, in full: "Much love and a very merry Christmas from us all. Your package has come and we are looking forward to opening it on Christmas Day. I'm so sorry poor Marce is ill. It's marvellous about Sunny's child and that Les has such a fine job and doing so well. Everyone well here and sends much love. Thank you too for the Kipling book I had for my birthday. It was so thoughtful of you. Please forgive my not writing more often. Everyone sends love and best Christmas wishes." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Hemingway's hand.
An especially notable letter connecting members of the Hemingway family—he mentions his sisters Marcelline and Madelaine (“Sunny”), as well as his brother Leicester. The recipient, Grace Hall Hemingway, shared a complex and often contentious relationship with her son; in later years, Hemingway became estranged from his mother, blaming her for his father’s suicide, and then neglecting to attend her funeral in 1951. At the time of this letter, Hemingway had recently returned from covering the Spanish Civil War for the North American Newspaper Alliance, and was soon to depart for Cuba, spending the next twenty years of his life at the Finca Vigia, or ‘lookout farm.’
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