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Ernest & Scott
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"The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Scott Fitzgerald and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, 'The rich are different from you and me.' And how someone had said to Scott, Yes, they have more money. But that was not humorous to Scott. He thought they were a special glamorous race and when he found they weren't it wrecked him just as much as any other thing that wrecked him." --“The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Ernest Hemingway

Fitzgerald, living at the time in Asheville, North Carolina, replied:

"Dear Ernest,

Please lay off me in print. If I choose to write de profundis sometimes it doesn't mean I want friends praying aloud over my corpse. No doubt you meant it kindly but it cost me a night's sleep. And when you incorporate it [the story] in a book would you mind cutting my name?"



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I do not understand why Fitzgerlad would be so jumpy.

Probably because he feared Hemingway was the more talented writer. And it was likely Hemingway's jealousy of Scott's commercial success that prompted his condescending nastiness.

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