Ernest Hemingway: True at First Light (2212 words)


True at First Light is Ernest Hemingway’s posthumous novel based on the African safari financed by Look magazine that the author undertook at age 54 with his fourth wife, Mary Welsh, in 1953-54. Though not a book that is usually ranked among the iconic author’s greatest works, it nevertheless provides many interesting insights about Hemingway’s life during his late years as well as contributing to our understanding of the writer’s attitude towards Africans, their cultural traditions, and their intriguing wildlife. Although approximately 50,000 words of the original 200,000 word “African Journal” had been published in Sports Illustrated in 1971-72, Hemingway’s son, Patrick, to help commemorate his …

Citation: Ledden, Dennis. "True at First Light". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2014 [, accessed 04 August 2021.]

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