Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932, First Edition


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Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932, First Edition

First edition with scribner's logo on copyright page, no letter "A", early printing. No dust jacket. Black cloth cover with some wear on edges and slighting fading of gold lettering on spine, Juan Gris color illustration under tissue paper. Black and white photographs of bullfighting at the end of the novel. Appears to be not read. See photographs for more evidence of condition.

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Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book written by Ernest Hemingway about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting, published in 1932. The book provides a look at the history and the Spanish traditions of bullfighting. It also contains a deeper contemplation on the nature of fear and courage. While essentially a guide book, there are three main sections: Hemingway's work, pictures, and a glossary of terms.

Hemingway became a bullfighting aficionado after seeing the Pamplona fiesta in the 1920s, which he wrote about in The Sun Also Rises.[1] In Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway explores the metaphysics of bullfighting—the ritualized, almost religious practice—that he considered analogous to the writer's search for meaning and the essence of life. In bullfighting, he found the elemental nature of life and death.[1] Marianne Wiggins has written of Death in the Afternoon: "Read it for the writing, for the way it's told... He'll make you like it [bullfighting]... You read enough and long enough, he'll make you love it, he's relentless".[2]

In his writings on Spain, Hemingway was influenced by the Spanish master Pío Baroja. When Hemingway won the Nobel Prize, he traveled to see Baroja, then on his death bed, specifically to tell him he thought Baroja deserved the prize more than he.

Death in the Afternoon was published by Scribner's on 23 September 1932 to a first edition print run of approximately 10,000 copies.[3]

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