So Hemingway was in love with femme fatale Marlene Dietrich ... and had sexual fantasies about her.
Even more interestingly, he wrote them down. And the letter describing them is up for auction.
For at least $US54,000 in an upcoming auction, you could be the proud owner of a love letter from American author Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich.
Hemingway’s letter, dated Aug. 28, 1955, begins “Dearest Kraut” and goes on to picture a bawdy theatre act that includes her “foaming at the mouth,” while they “break into the Abortion Scene from ‘Lakmé’..."
Then turning more serious, Hemingway writes, “Marlene, darling, I write stories but I have no grace for [bleeping] them up for other mediums,” and, “I love you very much and I never wanted to get mixed in any business with you . . . neither of us has enough whore blood for that.”
“The duo reportedly met aboard a ship in 1934 and shared 30 flirty letters over the years, which were made public in 2007, and most are at the JFK Library in Boston,” according to The New York Post.
“But the passionate relationship was never consummated because, Hemingway had said before his 1961 suicide, that the starry duo had ‘unsynchronized passion.’”
Whatever that means.
If you feel inclined to read the letter in its entirety, hit the link embedded at the top.