New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985 Introduction by James Michener. First edition, first printing. Publisher's bright blue cloth and blue boards, lettered in gilt, red top stain; in the original navy dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon, lettered in gold, white and red. About fine, with only a few faint spots to the fore edge, else fine; unclipped dust jacket with little to no beautiful wear. A beautiful copy. The Dangerous Summer is a posthumously published nonfiction text about the sport of bullfighting with a focus on the rivalry between Antonio Ordóñez and Luis Miguel Dominguín in the summer of 1959. Hemingway first became interested in bullfighting after attending the Festival of San Fermínin in Pamplona, Spain in 1923, and became a lifelong aficionado. He originally conceived of The Dangerous Summer as an epilogue to a new edition of Death in the Afternoon and was later commissioned to write the piece for Life magazine. However, the resulting text ultimately exceeded the capacity for its allotted 4,000-word space and was published in this format after the author's death. As William Kennedy explains in his New York Times review, "What had happened was that he turned both the mano a mano and the epilogue into a quest for, and a statement about, his own youth, his own heroism, his own art, his own immortality; for he was dying, psychically and artistically, and he seems to have intuited that.". Illus. by Bacon, Paul. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: EH177)
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