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Hemingway and Africa

Editor: Miriam B. Mandel
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Publication Date: 2011
Category: General
Grades: Recommended
Number of Pages: 428
Appropriate for: Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers
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Hemingway's two extended African safaris, the first in the 1930s and the second in the 1950s, gave rise to two of his best-known stories ("The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"), a considerable amount of journalism and correspondence, and two nonfiction books, Green Hills of Africa (1935), about the first safari, and True at First Light (1999; longer version, Under Kilimanjaro 2005), about the second. Africa also figures largely in his important posthumous novel The Garden of Eden (1986). The variety and quantity of this literary output indicate clearly that Africa was a major factor in the creative life of this influential American author. But surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to the role of Africa in Hemingway's life and work. To start the long-delayed conversation on this topic, this book offers historical, theoretical, biographical, theological, and literary interpretations of Hemingway's African narratives. It also presents a wide-ranging introduction, a detailed chronology of the safaris, a complete bibliography of Hemingway's published and unpublished African works, an up-to-date, annotated review of the scholarship on the African works, and a bibliography of Hemingway's reading on natural history and other topics relevant to Africa and the world of the safari.

Contributors: Silvio Calabi, Suzanne del Gizzo, Beatriz Penas Ibáñez, Jeremiah M. Kitunda, Kelli A. Larson, Miriam B. Mandel, Frank Mehring, Philip H. Melling, Erik G. R. Nakjavani, James Plath, and Chikako Tanimoto.

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Miriam B. Mandel

Miriam B. Mandel is retired as Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University.


Hemingway and Africa, ed. by Miriam B. Mandel. Camden House, 2011. 398p bibl index afp ISBN 1-57113-483-2; ISBN 9781571134837. Reviewed in 2012jul CHOICE.

Mandel (ret., Tel Aviv Univ., Israel; author of the encyclopedic Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon: The Complete Annotations, CH, Sep'02, 40-0147) provides ten essays on Hemingway's travels and a summary of recent scholarship. Nearly encyclopedic in places and always substantial, the book includes daily "chronologies" for Hemingway in Africa, a list of trips he took, and every home he had. Lately, books on Hemingway's Spain, his Gulf of Mexico, his Paris, and his Cuba have appeared; so have books he wrote and others brought to publication. This volume, part of the "Studies in American Literature and Culture" series, is rich in detail and contemporary in approaches, a mix of anthology and background and travel annotations that will reveal treasures. Essayists include James Plath, composer Frank Mehring, and scholars as diverse as Philip Melling from Swansea and gender critic Chikako Tanimoto from Nagoya. Contributions range from "Baudelaire's Subtext in Hemingway's African Narratives," by Beartriz Penas Ibanez, to "Hemingway's Reading in Natural History, Hunting, Fishing, and Africa," by the editor with Jeremiah Kitunda. Exhaustive, sometimes exhausting, and often excellent.

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. -- R. H. Solomon, formerly, University of Alberta

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