Here’s some background on why Hemingway wrote standing up. Max Perkins, his editor at Scribner’s, did all his work at a lectern. He wrote an average of 50 letters a day, in addition to editing the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolf, Erskine Caldwell and Marjorie Rawlings. Thomas Wolf wrote on the top of his refrigerator (tall man), and occasionally showed up at Perkins’ house drunk, sweeping the flowerpots off the ledge above Perkins’ door when nobody answered. Wolf’s three novels, Look Homeward, Angel, Web and the Rock and You Can Never Go Home Again, all arrived at Scribner’s in ONE box (obviously a lot of editing). Whether standing was done for circulation, or just to stay awake, is anybody’s guess, and it’s never been explained who started this practice. I suspect it was Perkins. He seemed to set the pace for all his writers, and it was obviously a volume business (with a lot more attention to quality and detail than today). Thanks for the post. Interesting stuff.

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