writes about Spain, bull fights,

And his book:

“Death in the Afternoon”

Acclaimed U.S. Author of such classic fiction as “The Old Man and the Sea,” “A farewell to Arms,” and “Death In the Afternoon.”

July 11, 1953, Lecumberri, Spain

Hemingway writes to his friend, columnist Leonard Lyons


“Thanks very much for sending me the piece.  I thought it was very funny and good.  We had a fine trip.  I decided to come down here to get the material I needed for an appendix to cover the evaluation and decadence of bull fighting since I wrote Death in the Afternoon.  Am getting just what I need for that book.  No sense to let characters who saw their first fights in 1940 or so take over bull fighting.  It occurred to me one day that it was over 30 years since I first went to Pamplona.  It's still a hell of a fiesta.  Lots of good stories to tell you.  We've been having a really good trip.  At this fiesta you get up at 0430 and turn in next day at 0230 to repeat the exercise.  So excuse such a short note.  Thanks for looking after me so well in town.  The clothes all turned out fine.  Wish we'd had more time.  Give my best to the boys.  Tell Toots Miss Mary is fine and I'm taking good care of her.  Best always, Lennie.”  Signed with his familiar nickname:  “Papa.”  A wonderful letter from the great author mentioning one of his most famous books, “Death in the Afternoon.”  The appendix Hemingway writes about in our letter will actually become a book in its own right titled “The Dangerous Summer.”  This will be Hemingway's last major work.  A non-fiction novel, was a chronicle of a brutal season of bullfighting.