Lot 3001: Ernest Hemingway GREEN HILLS OF AFRICA 1935 First Printing Author's 2nd Non-Fiction Title "Big Game" Safari Mount Kilimanjaro

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January 6, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
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Title: Green Hills of Africa
Author: Ernest Miller Hemingway - Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, strongly influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and his public image. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works during his lifetime; a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are classics of American literature.

Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After leaving high school, he worked for a few months as a reporter for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to become an ambulance driver during World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home within the year; his wartime experiences became the basis for his novel "A Farewell to Arms." In 1922, Hemingway married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives, and the couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent. During his time there, he met and was influenced by modernist writers and artists of the 1920s expatriate community known as the "Lost Generation". His first novel, "The Sun Also Rises," was published in 1926.

After divorcing Hadley Richardson in 1927, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced following Hemingway's return from covering the Spanish Civil War, after which he wrote "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. During the war, he was present during the Normandy Landings and the liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of "The Old Man and the Sea" in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in a plane crash that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and '40s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1935
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 294 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Hemingway's second work of nonfiction, "Green Hills of Africa" is an account of a month on safari he and his wife, Pauline Marie Pfeiffer, took in East Africa during December 1933. "Green Hills of Africa" is divided into four parts: Pursuit and Conversation, Pursuit Remembered, Pursuit and Failure, and Pursuit as Happiness, each of which plays a different role in the story. Charles Scribner's Sons , 1935. First Edition. Bound in green cloth with gilt embossing. 295 pages.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first printing with Scribner's "A" and printer's device on copyright page.

Antique volume is bound in green cloth, with gilt-lettered black spine labels. Book shows external wear, with moisture markings and fading to covers. Darkening is visible on spine. Rear cover displays faint black markings. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with vignettes.

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