Hemingway Was A Horrible Dresser And Wanted The World To Know It

According to the notes on this 1950 telegram.

1. This is an exchange between Ernest Hemingway and two friends in 1950.

The backstory on this:

- Russel Crouse, a journalist, playwright, and friend of Ernest, sent this telegram to their mutual friend, Leonard Lyons, a columnist.

- Leonard is talking about the journalist Heywood Broun, a notoriously horrible dresser. Following Broun’s death, Hemingway apparently (jokingly, one would imagine) tried to claim the title of “worst-dressed man.”

- The recipient of the telegram, Leonard Lyons, presumably sent the document to Hemingway, who hand-wrote the following:

“I challenge you Crouse you louse or I will defend yours without mercy Your old colleague but implacable enemy on this terrain, Ernie”

3. Judging from this photo, it seems safe to say that Hemingway’s claim to the “worst-dressed man” title should have never been disputed in the first place.

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