After reading The Sun Also Rises and the short story “Fifty Grand”, Owen Wister, then sixty-seven, said:
Were I thirty, that’s the way I should wish to write.
After the suicide of Hemingway’s father, as Hemingway struggled to complete A Farewell To Arms, Wister heard that the younger writer was having financial troubles and sent him a check for five hundred dollars, so he could finish his book without having to worry about money.
Hemingway never forgot this. In 1956, he recalled that Wister was one of the few fellow writers he actually liked.