Death in the Afternoon (1932) marked a departure from the fiction-writing career of Ernest Hemingway. A study of the Spanish bullfight, the book grew out of the author's keen interest in an event that he insisted was a tragedy, not a sport. By the time he began work on Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway had already published a lengthy short story, “The Undefeated”, and a novel, The Sun Also Rises, both of which drew upon his considerable knowledge of the corrida de toros. The new book was intended to follow up an early article Hemingway had published in the Toronto Star Weekly which explained the bullfight to an English-speaking audience.
At first Hemingway had intended the volume to be …
Fleming, Robert E.. "Death in the Afternoon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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