Collecting Hemingway’s Early Volumes


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Ernest Hemingway

Michael Erin leads Progressive Management (PM) as CEO and provides a host of knowledgeable solutions in the dental and healthcare advisory spheres. A theater and opera enthusiast, Michael Erin also enjoys reading literary works and collecting rare books.

One 20th century American author highly sought-after by collectors is Ernest Hemingway, with his initial 1923 volume Three Stories and Ten Poems printed in only 300 copies. If the unprinted glassine sleeve is still attached, the edition can increase significantly in value. In 2012, a copy of the book featuring an inscription to the editors of The Little Review, which was known for publishing T. S. Eliot and James Joyce, achieved $68,500 at auction.

Even rarer is Hemingway’s second volume “in our time,” which was published in 1924 in an edition of 170 in 1924. This contrasts with the better-known American volume In Our Time, which was published in 1925.

A distinguishing factor for collectors, when considering Hemingway’s early novels is the difficulty of securing copies of The Sun Also Rises (1926) and The Torrents of Spring (1926) with dust jackets in good condition. The British version of The Sun Also Rises, entitled Fiesta, is even rarer than its American counterpart, and a copy of the novel can expect to fetch a premium.


Business First Magazine Ranks Virginia Military Institute

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Virginia Military Institute

An executive in economic development, Michael Erin formerly led the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance as chief of staff and director of operations. He has since transitioned to the position of vice president of development with the Economic Club of Las Vegas. Michael Erin holds a bachelor of arts in economics and business from the Virginia Military Institute, which was recently recognized by Business First magazine.

Business First ranked Virginia Military Institute 45th on its list of nearly 500 four-year public schools in the United States. Only three Virginia schools ranked higher. The magazine bases its rankings on data from the US Census Bureau American Community Survey and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Business First ranks only public colleges and universities and considers selectivity and the cost of tuition and housing. Other criteria include retention rates, graduate rates, and the quality of campus resources.