The Green Hills of Africa safari was the first of two African safaris Hemingway took in his life. The second safari was in 1953-1954, and was fictionalized in True at First Light). In addition to inspiring Green Hills of Africa, the first safari also was the impetus for the two short stories "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". It was originally serialized in Scribner's Magazine, from May to November of 1935.
One of the key themes in Green Hills of Africa are Hemingway's conversations with an Austrian named Kandisky, who Hemingway stops to help when Kandisky's truck breaks down. After initially trading opinions on German writers like Rilke and Heinrich Mann, Hemingway and the Austrian later discuss American literature over dinner (pages 19-24), and it turns out that one of the few American writers Hemingway approves of is Henry James, whom he mentions twice.
Specifically, Hemingway says that “The good American writers are Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain” and adds later that “Henry James wanted to make money. He never did, of course” (page 24). Intermixed with these comments on James, Crane, and Twain are Hemingway’s views of American writers in general, most of whom, he says, came to a bad end. When Kandisky asks, “And you?”, Hemingway replies:
In the MMORPG World of Warcraft, there is a book called The Green Hills of Stranglethorn, written by the dwarf Hemet Nesingwary (his name is an anagram of Hemingway's), who leads a hunting expedition in Stranglethorn Vale. The pages of the book can be found everywhere in the jungle.
Hemingway Foundation. Published by the University of Idaho Press,Moscow, Idaho. (Jungman, Robert & Tabor, Carole. Henry James on Safari in Ernest Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa. Louisiana Tech University.)
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