The Sun Also Rises
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. Early Printing. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, printed gold labels to spine and upper board.
"Do not think that I am very much impressed by that...." Early printing of Hemingway's timeless novel of expats, aristos, divorcées, sportsmen, bohemians, and poseurs adrift in Paris and Pamplona between the two world wars. Though Hemingway had already published one novel (The Torrents of Spring) and two collections, the 1926 appearance of The Sun Also Rises put him on the map. The story of Jake Barnes, Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and all the others, told in a clipped, worldly prose distilled to its essence, was based on events from Hemingway's own peripatetic life in the immediately preceding years. Apart from earning strong sales and the admiration (and derision) of critics, it resulted in the dissolution of his first marriage, to Hadley Richardson (to whom the book is dedicated, along with their son, and to whom its royalties would eventually be made over), put Hemingway in the celebrity press, inspired a legion of imitators, and left an indelible stamp on American writing and literary culture. The book has never been out of print. "No other writer...stepped so suddenly into fame, or destroyed with such insouciance so many other writers or ways of writing or became such an immediate symbol of an age" (Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement, #50). Originally published in 1926, this copy bears the year 1927 on the title page, with no mention of printing to copyright page. Early owner signature to upper pastedown. Spine slightly rolled, bottom edge lightly bumped. Near fine. Item #6967