I am rather enamoured by the late Norman Mailer. He wrote a letter to the late Ernest Hemingway in 1955.
It is as follows:
TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY
—because finally after all these years I am deeply curious to know what you think of this.
—but if you do not answer, or if you answer with the kind of crap you use to answer unprofessional writers, sycophants, brown-nosers, etc., then fuck you, and I will never attempt to communicate with you again.
—and since I suspect that you're even more vain than I am, I might as well warn you that there is a reference to you on page 353 which you may or may not like
Other than being an entertaining read (it certainly made me laugh) I am concerned with finding the alleged reference (I cannot see why it wouldn't be there).
I have a 1957 copy of The Deer Park. I could not find the reference on page 353.
Either it is more subtle than I supposed, or on another page, or does not exist.
Does anybody have any more information about this?