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HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). The Torrents of Spring. New York: Scribner's, 1926.

8vo. Original dark green cloth, stamped in red; pictorial dust jacket (Edges and corners with some very minor rubbing and a few tiny chips, 1/4-in. closed tear to top edge of rear panel, small abrasion to blank area of spine panel, vertical crease parallel to rear joint, some minor soiling).

FIRST EDITION OF HEMINGWAY'S FIRST NOVEL. Hemingway's earlier works established his reputation in literary circles, but by 1925, he had not gained broader public recognition, which he attributed to his restrictive contract with Boni and Liveright, who published his earlier works. He wrote Torrents of Spring in a few weeks in November of 1925, and Boni and Liveright rejected it quickly.  "I have known all along," Hemingway wrote Fitzgerald, that the firm "could not and would not be able to publish it as it makes a bum out of their present ace and best seller Anderson" (Selected Letters, p. 183).  The contract broken, Hemingway signed with Scribners, and The Torrents of Spring was published on 28 May 1926. Hanneman A4a. 

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