New York: Random House, 1938. First American edition. A Fine copy of the book in a nearly Fine dust jacket. Book with a previous owner's bookplate on the front paste-down, otherwise virtually pristine. Dust jacket toned at the spine, otherwise a lovely example.
Writing under the pen name Isak Dinesen, Baroness Karen Blixen composed a timeless account of her experiences in Kenya, providing a classic chronicle of colonial life before the sun began to set on the British Empire. The book is not only acclaimed for its vivid descriptions of Africa itself but for its style of composition. Out of Africa was later adapted for film by Stanley Pollack in 1985, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film would win seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. “This writing is poignant and exquisite, it has an echoing reticence, is swift in profundity or insight or tenderness or irony. And no description of this book, highly as it may praise its solid substance, can in itself do justice to its effortless, expressive, wholly individual beauty of form, or even list the evocations and suggestions that lie within… Out of Africa is something rare and lovely, to read again and again’ (Contemporary New York Times Review) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2027)