Don’t ever call me a liberal

Today would have been the 90th birthday of Norman Mailer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and journalist who also happened to write some enormously entertaining letters in his lifetime. Below are just three of the many thousands. The first was sent to one of his writing idols, Ernest Hemingway, along with a copy of The Deer Park;

Forget your personal tragedy

In 1925, following publication of his magnum opus, The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald began work on his fourth novel, Tender Is the Night—a tale about the troubled lives of Dick and Nicole Diver, a couple based largely on Gerald and Sara Murphy, a wealthy, popular couple who moved in the same social circles

Ezra Pound is obviously crazy

In addition to being one of the most influential figures in the world of modern poetry, highly-regarded American poet, editor and critic Ezra Pound also became one of the literary world’s most controversial characters when, in 1945 – at which point he lived in Rome – he was arrested by the U.S. Army after recording

This letter opens it wide for any con man to destroy us

Today, a humorously paranoid letter from late-author Ernest Hemingway in 1955, to a representative of his bank: Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Hemingway was clearly worried about potential con men ringing the bank in his name, and therefore proposed a fresh identification process to foil any such attempts. The letter ends with a post-script that was

Again, Bet on Exterminator

A brief note from Ernest Hemingway to his publisher, Charles Scribner, written at some point in the mid-1920s. Not happy with the terms of a proposed new deal between the two, Hemingway chose to remind the publisher that he was in fact the fastest horse in his stable of authors; Exterminator being the name of a

For your future information…

An offer of $600 from Reader’s Digest to reproduce one of his stories elicited the following response from Ernest Hemingway in November of 1952. Just two months previous, on September 1st, a week prior to its release in book-form, Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was published in its entirety in LIFE Magazine, and over