I spent the very early portion of this morning in a quest, a quest that Hemingway got me started on.
Webpage 1: A mention of Eliot.
"How a young Ernest Hemingway dealt with his first taste of fame"
By Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Here's a few excerpts:
A newly published batch of Ernest Hemingway’s letters could change the way we think about the author's influences, relationships with other writers and views on race.
When he published “The Sun Also Rises” in 1926, Ernest Hemingway was well-known among the expatriate literati of Paris and to cosmopolitan literary circles in New York and Chicago. But it was “A Farewell to Arms,” published in October 1929, that made him a celebrity. With this newfound fame, Hemingway learned, came fan mail. Lots of it. And he wasn’t really sure how to deal with the attention.
But it is this line that got my quest started:
... one of Hemingway’s earliest publications was a tribute to Joseph Conrad in which Hemingway expressed a desire to run T.S. Eliot through a sausage grinder.
Webpage 2: Used Google to search for "sausage grinder." Came up with:
Magazine: Twentieth Century Literature, Summer, 1990
CONRAD'S INFLUENCE ON MODERN WRITERS
at "Mr. Bauld's English" webpage http://www.mrbauld.com/conradinf.htm
The following year , back in Paris, Hemingway contributed to the "Conrad Supplement" of Ford Madox Ford's Transatlantic Review, which appeared shortly after Conrad's death. The young Hemingway, just beginning his literary career, paid tribute to the novelist by favorably comparing him (in his worst jocular style) to Eliot, who had recently published The Waste Land, and by acknowledging the lesson of the master: "If I knew that by grinding Mr. Eliot into a fine dry powder and sprinkling that powder over Mr. Conrad's grave Mr. Conrad would shortly appear, looking very annoyed at the forced return and commence writing, I would leave for London early tomorrow morning with a sausage grinder." Hemingway concluded by affirming: "from nothing else that I have ever read have I gotten what every book of Conrad has given me."
Citation 10 was: Ernest Hemingway, "Conrad Supplement. III," Transatlantic Review, 2 (1924), 341-42.
Webpage 3: Tried to find the cited work. No luck there but I did come up with this interesting essay of about 7,000 words:
Title: Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot: a tangled relationship.
Author: Flora, Joseph M.
Publication: The Hemingway Review
Article Type: Critical essay
Date: Sep 22, 2012
Its introduction was:
This essay proposes that although Hemingway would never acknowledge it, T.S. Eliot was an important early "mentor"--one Hemingway could not put aside. Ezra Pound's greatest service to Hemingway may have been directing him to Eliot's poetry just when The Waste Land made Eliot the dominant poet of Literary Modernism. The two writers never met, but Hemingway nevertheless continued to read, to ponder, and to remember Eliot's poetry and his criticism. Despite his habit of mocking Eliot in print, Hemingway was in fact the poet's irreverent disciple.
Webpage 4: I thought of a new way of searching for Hemingway's "sausage grinder" quote in full. I had luck in finding a reprint in a book:
Heart of Darkness: and Selections from The Congo Diary
Random House Publishing Group, Oct 31, 2000 - Fiction - 176 pages
Google let me read the short Hemingway piece: