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February 9, 2009

9 February 1926: On this date Ernest Hemingway terminated his contract with Boni & Liveright, his first publisher, freeing him to pen a contract with the famed publisher,  Scribners (who have published all the Hemingway works I own).

In order to be released from his contract with Boni & Liveright, Hemingway had to have a manuscript rejected by the publisher.  To facilitate the rejection, Hemingway penned a 90-page satiric novella titled The Torrents of Spring aimed sharply at Sherwood Anderson–Boni & Liveright’s brightest literary star at the time–as well as other writers of the “Chicago School.”  Because the manuscript was rejected, Hemingway was free to sign a more lucrative deal with Scribner only a week after his release from Boni & Liveright.

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