Ernest Hemingway Told F. Scott Fitzgerald to “Kiss My Ass”


Remember in Midnight in Paris when Gil Pender, traveling back to  1920s Paris, wanted Ernest Hemingway to read his novel? Well, here’s why Gil should be thankful that Gertrude Stein wound up reading it instead. When Hemingway sent his manuscript for A Farewell to Arms to his frenemy F. Scott Fitzgerald, that cocky Mr. Hemingway responded to Fitzgerald’s closing praise with “Kiss my ass” — circled, and with a little mocking picture, no less. A farewell to manners, indeed. [via Open Culture]