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Peter Harrington

Ernest Hemingway.

The Sun Also Rises.

“You are all a lost generation” (Gertrude Stein)


First edition, first printing, first issue, with a remarkable example of the iconic dust jacket, entirely without loss or restoration, and rare thus. Hemingway’s second novel is a roman à clef, drawing on his and Hadley’s tumultuous time in Paris in the 1920s. The book is dedicated to Hadley, and quotes as its epigraph Gertrude Stein’s enduring description of Hemingway and his peers as “a lost generation”.

“The Sun Also Rises did not rock the country, but it received a number of hat-in-the-air reviews and it soon became a handbook of conduct for the new generation... how much of the novel seems as marvelously fresh as when it first appeared! Count Mippipopolous, his wound, and his champagne; the old couple from Montana on their first trip abroad; the busload of Basque peasants; the whole beautiful episode of the fishing trip in the mountains, in the harsh sunlight, with bright water tumbling over the dam; then by contrast the dark streets of Pamplona crowded with riau-riau dancers, who formed a circle round Brett as if she were a revered witch - as indeed she was, and as Jake in a way was the impotent Fisher King ruling over a sterile land - in all this there is nothing that has gone bad and not a word to be changed after so many years. It is all carved in stone, bigger and truer than life; and it is the work of a man who, having ended his busy term of apprenticeship, was already a master at twenty-six” (Cowley).

All the first issue points are present for the book: “stoppped” on p. 181, l. 26; “down-staris” on p. 169, line 34; and “BOOK THREE” instead of “BOOK III” (p. [235]); and for the jacket: Hemingway’s earlier title incorrectly cited as “In Our Times”.