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Ernest Hemingway In His Time

Green Hills of Africa

Hemingway's literary success was accompanied by his growing status as a public figure, largely fueled by his own journalistic efforts chronicling his big game hunting in Africa and deep sea fishing in the Caribbean, and perhaps most notably, his exploits, real and imagined, as a Loyalist supporter during the Spanish Civil War. Green Hills of Africa retells Hemingway's 1933-1934 safari to Kenya and Tanganyika (now Tanzania).


Hemingway with  rifle Hemingway with rifle,
photograph owned by Louis Henry Cohn.

"Pauline with big buffalo I killed,"
photograph inscribed by Ernest Hemingway for Louis Henry Cohn.

Hemingway's second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, with a water buffalo shot by Hemingway during their 1933-1934 safari to Kenya and Tanganyika.


Green Hills of Africa
Carbon typescript, undated, 84 pp.

This partial typescript is the companion piece to a draft held by the John F. Kennedy Library. Together they represent the extant manuscript of Hemingway's fictionalized reminiscence. The draft held by the University of Delaware Library bears a number of autograph corrections to the text.


Green Hills of Africa
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.

Prior to publication, Scribner's printed up thirty copies of a dummy edition for their salesmen. The dummy (with Hemingway's name misspelled) contains sample text, binding, and dust wrapper. In addition, the photograph which appears in this dummy was omitted from the published book.

Green Hills of Africa


Green Hills of Africa
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.

Hemingway stretched the boundary between fact and fiction with this chronicle of an African hunting expedition. It includes his famous dissertation on American literature in which he proclaims "all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."


Green Hills of Africa: services edition Green Hills of Africa
London: Published for the British Publishing Guild by Jonathan Cape, 1944.

Special "services edition" distributed to Allied troops during World War II.


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