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Ernest Hemingway In His Time

Death in the Afternoon

Hemingway's fascination with Spain and bullfighting, first reflected in 1926 in the novel The Sun Also Rises, was further developed in the classic Death in the Afternoon and The Dangerous Summer.


"Don Ernesto in Pamplona"
drawing of Hemingway


Death in the Afternoon
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.

Uncorrected galley proofs prepared for the first edition.


Death in the Afternoon Death in the Afternoon
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.

First edition of Hemingway's masterpiece on bullfighting.


Death in the Afternoon
London: Jonathan Cape, 1932.

First British edition, displaying the frontispiece from a painting by the Spanish artist Juan Gris.


"The Dangerous Summer" in Life, 49 (September 12, 1960).

In the summer of 1959, Hemingway travelled to Spain to witness the great mano a manos combat of Spain's two greatest matadors, Luis Miguel Dominguín and Antonio Ordóñez. He followed the summer's series of bullfights, writing a two-part series for Life.


The Dangerous Summer
Introduction by James A. Michener.
New York Scribner, 1985.

This posthumously-published book is Hemingway's chronicle of the 1959 bullfighting season in Spain. Originally intended as an article for Life magazine, it evolved into a book-length manuscript which became Hemingway's last major literary production.


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