"It must be from Der Querschnitt. Did you see Wedderkop?"

Der Querschnitt (the Cross-Section) was a German periodical launched in 1921. Its Paris-based representative was Count Alfred von Wedderkop, known locally as 'Mr Awfully Nice' owing to the regularity with which he uttered the same few words of his marginal English vocabulary. It was at Shakespeare and Company that Wedderkop first met the American composer George Antheil and, believing him to be a literary man, asked if he would work as one of the magazine's contributing editors. Antheil, reluctant to give up the extra income, agreed, knowing that friendships with the likes of Beach, Ford and Pound would stand him in good stead. In this way, Hemingway's work reached the Frankfurt-based cultural publication. As Carlos Baker points out in Hemingway the Writer as Artist (1956): 'Antheil sent him some poems of Joyce's, and four poems and a short story by Hemingway. Beginning in the fall of 1924 and running through the summer of 1925, Wedderkop printed them all.'

Michael Reynolds writes, however, that Hemingway first made contact with the German editor through a dinner invitation to Pound's apartment. Once there, 'Ernest was impressed with his opposition to pretense in the arts. His editorial program, according to Ernest, was "To hell with all Literary Criticism. Publish the stuff the guys write instead of stuff about them. To hell with the Literary snobbery and Vanity Fairism. Give 'em all the dope. Not all the dope that's fit to print. He has swell boxing pictures and pictures of all the swell broads in Europe. He's too good a guy to last."' (Hemingway the Paris Years, p. 241).

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