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Death in the Afternoon (Scribner Classics)

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Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, andlt;Iandgt;Death in the Afternoonandlt;/Iandgt; is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados. It reflects Hemingway's conviction that bullfighting was more than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art. The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway's imagination. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick." Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning. andlt;BRandgt; A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, andlt;Iandgt;Death in the Afternoonandlt;/Iandgt; is also a deeper contemplation of the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's sharp commentary on life and literature.

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899. At seventeen he left home to join the Kansas City Star as a reporter, then volunteered to serve in the Red Cross during World War I. He was severely wounded at the Italian front and was awarded the Croce di Guerra. He moved to Paris in 1921, where he devoted himself to writing fiction, and where he fell in with the expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Ford Madox Ford. His novels include The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), To Have and Have Not (1937), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He died in Ketchum, Idaho, on July 2, 1961.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Chapters 1 to 20, Inclusive

Illustrations

An Explanatory Glossary

Some Reactions of a Few Individuals to the Integral Spanish Bullfight

A Short Estimate of the American, Sidney Franklin, as a Matador

Dates on Which Bullfights Will Ordinarily Be Held in Spain, France, Mexico, and Central and South America

Bibliographical Note

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Brett, July 1, 2006 (view all comments by Brett)
I found this book disturbing in that I have decided I would never want to see a bullfight after learning what happens because to me they are cruel but this book put me in that place, at that time and was loaded with lots of Hemingway's run on sentences, the kind that once you are done reading them you stop and realize that you have just read a half or more of a paragraph made up of a single sentence.

Very early on in the book Hemingway relates how he was never sure who would like a bullfight and who would not. He wrote how there are two kinds of people: those who identify with people and those who identified with the animals. I guess I identify with the animals too much but that does not take away from how well the book was written and how informative I found it, and how it was also a time capsule look back into a different era.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684859224
Author:
Hemingway, Ernest
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Bullfights
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Subject:
Literary fiction; Classics; American classic; American literature; The Lost Generation; great American novel; award winner; Pulitzer Prize; bestseller; modernism; American modernism; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Gertrude Stein; William Faulkner; John Dos Passos;
Subject:
Literary fiction; Classics; American classic; American literature; The Lost Generation; great American novel; award winner; Pulitzer Prize; bestseller; modernism; American modernism; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Gertrude Stein; William Faulkner; John Dos Passos;
Subject:
Literary fiction; Classics; American classic; American literature; The Lost Generation; great American novel; award winner; Pulitzer Prize; bestseller; modernism; American modernism; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Gertrude Stein; William Faulkner; John Dos Passos;
Subject:
Literary fiction; Classics; American classic; American literature; The Lost Generation; great American novel; award winner; Pulitzer Prize; bestseller; modernism; American modernism; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Gertrude Stein; William Faulkner; John Dos Passos;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Classic Edition
Series:
Scribner Classics
Series Volume:
no. 13-11755
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
94 pps of b/w photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 23.415 oz

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