"I knew it was probably a good thing that it was lost, but I knew too that I must write a novel."

The autobiographical war novel to which Hemingway refers had fallen victim to Gertrude Stein well before Hadley's absent-mindedness. After casting her critical eye over it, she instructed Hemingway to 'begin over again and concentrate' (Michael Reynolds, Hemingway the Paris Years, p. 4). He knew she was right. However, it wouldn't be long before he tackled the hard work he had been avoiding. He wrote the majority of The Sun Also Rises (also called Fiesta) in 1924. It was published in 1926, and secured his reputation as a successful author.