“Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not

  • To Have and Have Not.
  • To Have and Have Not.
  • To Have and Have Not.

To Have and Have Not.


Item Number: 82394

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937.

First edition of Hemingway’s classic novel about smuggling, intrigue, and love. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in an very good dust jacket with a few chips to the spine. Jacket design by Neely. Photograph of Hemingway on the rear panel of the dust jacket by Joris Ivens taken in Spain. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

To Have and Have Not was Hemingway’s first since A Farewell to Arms was published eight years earlier, follows the life and adventures of Harry Morgan from rum-running to revolution. Brimming with criticism directed at American capitalism and the bureaucracy of the Roosevelt administration, the novel explores social circumstances and situations in Key West, “that paradise of the ‘haves’ and purgatory of the ‘have nots.” “In To Have and Have Not, Hemingway for the first time showed an interest in a possible solution of social problems through collective action” (Hart, 327). Basis for the Howard Hawks film co-scripted by Faulkner and featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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