Diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 17, Detroit-born Ernest Walsh (1895) spent his childhood in Cuba. A plane crash which followed his enrolment in the army as an air cadet further complicated Walsh's lung complaints.
Whilst Walsh's personal work elicited a somewhat mixed reception, he is best remembered for his editorship of This Quarter magazine, which published many great writers of the era, Hemingway included. He died in 1926 at the age of 31, before the emergence of the magazine's third edition. Co-editor and subsequent mother of Walsh's child, Ethil Moorhead would vehemently retract the first issue's dedication to Ezra Pound in the publication that followed.