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HEMINGWAY, Page 7
OLD MAN AND THE SEA by ERNEST HEMINGWAY
first edition in first printing dust jacket
Prize winning novel
in acquiring this literary gem? Read more.
Hemingway inscribed this first edition, first printing of THE OLD MAN AND
THE SEA to one of the "Key West Mob." These
"mobsters" were newspapermen, fishermen, bar and boat owners who
gathered at Joe Russell's "Sloppy Joe's" Restaurant in the
days before Ernest Hemingway completed one of his most famous novels,
FAREWELL TO ARMS.
by Ernest Hemingway to Earl Adams, one of the "Key West
Mobsters," on the first front end paper.
R. Adams was born in his own words, "approximately 1903."
During his journalism career, he worked for the Key West Citizen
and the Key West Journal, as well as the Miami Herald.
Adams' column, "Do You Know," was published in the Key West
Citizen for decades and up until the year of his death, 1993.
Adams and wife, Linnie, lived in Key West, Monroe, Florida most of their
lives, and were an intricate part of the fabric of that community.
1928, Charles Thompson, a leading citizen of Key West, who owned a
hardware store, numerous dock slips, and several fishing boats, met a
young writer named, Ernest Hemingway. Thompson was skeptical about
Hemingway's claims to fame; however, in the next few months Thompson and
his wife, Lorine, became good friends with Hemingway and his wife,
Pauline. Of course, fishing was the center of their
relationship. Mornings Hemingway would work on his emerging novel;
evenings, he would join the "mob" at Sloppy Joe's.
the charisma of Hemingway and Thompson's friendship attracted others
obsessed with fishing and the ocean setting. There were the
painters, Waldo Peirce and Mike Strater. Captains Eddie and Burge
Saunders. Mechanic J. B. Sullivan. Joe Russell and Hamilton
Adams. Scribners' Magazine editor, Glenn Frank. Newspaperman
Earl Adams. And, on occasion, writer John Dos Passos.
then there were the times when the "Key West Mob" would meet on
Hemingway's boat, the Pilar, and head out into the sea to fish.
"mob" grew close and their camaraderie was often expressed in
nicknames. Joe Russell was called "Sloppy Joe"; Eddie
Saunders, "Bra"; J. B. Sullivan, "Sully"; Hamilton
Adams, "Sack of Ham"; Earl Adams, "Jewfish"; and,
Hemingway, "Old Master," "Mahatma," or
Adams was known about Key West as notable character, his reputation
generally based on his newspaper reports and columns. One of his
most notorious columns was published in 1928 and sported an interview with
Herbert Hoover while he was campaigning in Key West. Several days
after, while Hoover was in Savannah, Georgia, Hoover claimed Adams
interview had been faked, that he had never met with a reporter named Earl
Adams. This caused quite an uproar on the Miami Herald;
however, several days later, Hoover verified the Adams interview.
Yet, the confusion over the interview continued.
Adams acquired the moniker, "Jewfish," because he lived in
Jewfish, an unincorporated development in Monroe, Florida; also, because
of Adams interest fishing for in the jewfish goliath grouper.
first edition, first printing, with "A" and colophon on
inscription: clean and concise.
condition: very good to very good plus; spine is sunned and some of the
original silver print has faded; head and toe of spine sunned and lightly
fraying; boards are generally clean with a bit of occasional light
soiling; bumped corners; two bottom corners lightly frayed; interior pages
are lightly toned; bookplate of a previous owner.
jacket: first printing.
jacket condition: very good plus to near fine; original $3.00 price still
present on front inner flap; light blue twinge to back cover; spine has
some sunning; several very short closed-end tears, repaired on reverse of
dust jacket with neutral pH, acid-free tape (easily removable without