Across the River and Into the Trees.

"I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce": First Edition of Across the River and Into the Trees

Across the River and Into the Trees.



Item Number: 121949

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950.

First edition of Hemingway’s first novel since For Whom the Bell Tolls. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by A. Ivancich. Jacket photograph by Paul Radkai. A nice example.

Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him. It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come. "Hemingway is the most important author since Shakespeare" (The New York Times Book Review).

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