4.27.2012

We are all bitched... Go on and write.


Pieces of a letter from Hemingway to Fitzgerald regarding Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night:

Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it -- don't cheat with it. Be as faithful to it as a scientist -- but don't think anything is of any importance because it happens to you or anyone belonging to you.

About this time I wouldn't blame you if you gave me a burst. Jesus it's marvellous to tell other people how to write, live, die etc.

I'd like to see you and talk about things with you sober. You were so damned stinking in N.Y. we didn't get anywhere. You see, Bo, you're not a tragic character. Neither am I. All we are is writers and what we should do is write... But Scott, good writers always come back. Always. You are twice as good now as you were at the time you think you were so marvellous. You know I never thought so much of Gatsby at the time. You can write twice as well now as you ever could. All you need to do is write truly and not care about what the fate of it is.

Go on and write.

Always your friend,
 
Ernest



ps. Thanks Letters of Note & Hemingway. My Friday needed that.

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