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A Kinky Love Letter Ernest Hemingway Wrote to Marlene Dietrich is Going to Auction

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A hot note from Lost Generation writer Ernest Hemingway to the iconic screen siren Marlene Dietrich that was recently discovered in a trove of Dietrich memorabilia will be auctioned off later this month, presumably to a buyer who’s into really bizarre love letters. The note, which Hemingway wrote in 1955, is full of steamy imagery and phrases in response to Dietrich’s complaints about her Las Vegas stage show at the time:

“If I were staging, it would probably have something novel, like having you shot onto the stage, drunk, from a self propelled minenwerfer. As you landed on the stage, drunk and naked I would advance from the rear, or your rear, wearing evening clothes and I would hurriedly strip off my evening clothes to cover you, revealing the physique of Burt Lancaster.”

Although both were married at the time, Hemingway and Dietrich, who were never actually lovers, were close enough for Hemingway to call her “my Dearest Krout.” He also ended this particular letter with “I love you always” and signed it off as “Papa,” like your average, platonic pen pal would. (Imagine what kind of trouble Hemingway would get into if he had access to Snapchat or Tinder!)

Papa’s letter will be on exhibit at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles prior to the auction.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]