"You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions": First Edition of Out Of Africa

  • Out of Africa.

Out of Africa.

Item Number: 4186

New York: Random House, 1938.

First American edition of the author’s classic memoir, which recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small tear and light shelfwear. A superior example.

From 1914 to 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. After the plantation failed, she returned to Europe and began to write under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa reads like a collection of stories in which she adheres to no strict chronology, gives no explanation of the facts of her life, and apologizes for nothing. Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest works of nonfiction of the twentieth century. Basis for the film directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, which went on to win seven Academy Awards. Listed by Modern Library as one of the greatest English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century.