[Item #6099] Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way. Nelson Algren.
Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way
Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way
Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way
Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way
Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way

Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way

New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Nelson Algren. "This book embodies some of the finest stories (or reports) ever written by Nelson Algren. It also offers one of the most remarkable appraisals of Ernest Hemingway ever written." (from front flap) An anecdotal memoir by Nelson Algren (1909-1981), the great, prize-winning American author of hard-boiled mid-20th century canonical novels including The man with the Golden Arm (1949, see our item No. 5124) & A Walk on the Wild Side (1956, see our item No. 5142). As noted further on front flap, "Aboard the freighter Malayasia Mail (during 1962), Mr. Algren had the opportunity to ponder and review his personal encounter with Hemingway, in Cuba; the values inherent in Hemingway's stories, and other matters. At sea he played cards, observed, and reported on life among a group of seamen whose personalities and behavior offered up unique substance for his gifted pen. Visiting the ports of Pusan, Kowloon, Bombay (now Mumbai), and Calcutta, he added to his "sea diary" some memorable, amusing, and often poignant pictures of life in the small pleasure docks...Prostitutes, pimps, men "gone bamboo," thieves- these are some of the characters we meet on these walks in brothels, bars, and in the byways, caves and cages of the Orient. And throughout, the spirit of Hemingway is felt." Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket (undoubtedly first-issue with "NFASD/$4.95" printed at front flap), first edition, first printing though neither explicated as such at copyright page. On the shorter title page, Algren has hand-written his bold, large signature in red felt-tip ink. From the collection of George Bornstein (1941-2021), scholar, author & academician here at the University of Michigan- a true & quintessential Man of Letters who was a dearly missed friend & mentor to this writer. Bornstein has hand-written his ownership signature, date of "13 December 1967" & place in black ink at upper left margin of blank blue front paste-down. A delightfully disturbing (disturbingly delightful?) Algren classic in its rarest contemporary form, greatly enriched with the author's signature & with distinguished provenance. Book in fine condition with mild rubbing, fading to blue-cloth front, back covers & spine esp. at/near edges & corners of same (gilt letters & graphics at spine slightly dulled, mostly intact); mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with slight fading to blank blue paste-downs, endpapers; a touch of browning to page leaves, mostly at blank margins/edges. Dust jacket relatively good-to-near-fine with mild rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; some small chips, short tears esp. at upper spine-edge, corners with moderate loss of paper, surface paper. Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #6099]

Price: $200.00