Even though he has been dead for quite some time now, Ernest Hemingway’s grudge against Vanity Fair is still going strong. About 90 years ago, when Hemingway was just a young, aspiring writer, he submitted a short story — “My Life in the Bull Ring with Donald Ogden Stewart” — to the magazine. It was rejected by Vanity Fair’s editor, but now Hemingway’s estate has the upper hand. According to The Independent, Graydon Carter asked to publish the once-rejected piece in Vanity Fair, but was denied. That’s right, Hemingway is such a badass that he’s sticking it to editors from beyond the grave.
Instead, Hemingway’s estate gave the piece to Harper’s. It appears in the magazine’s October issue, which hits newsstands Thursday. Michael Katakis, a representative of the Hemingway Estate, told The Independent, “We’re very careful with unpublished material. The question is: ‘If Hemingway were alive, would he want it published in a magazine like Vanity Fair, or would he want it relegated to a scholarly examination of how a writer was developing?’”
Not only did Hemingway’s estate snub Vanity Fair, Patrick Hemingway, Hemingway’s second son, added that he was ”Not a great fan” of the glossy, because “It’s a sort of luxury thinker’s magazine – for people who get their satisfaction out of driving a Jaguar instead of a Mini.”
Oh snap. Well, sort of.