Subject and Author: The Literary Backgrounds of Death in the Afternoon
Provides two bibliographies of literature that influenced Hemingway’s writing of the book, including memoirs, histories, novels, and travel guides. The first covers a broad range of English-language works on Spain and the bullfight, specifically identifying those owned by Hemingway. The second annotates Hemingway’s readings on the subject in Spanish, French, and English. In her detailed introduction, Mandel explains the place Death in the Afternoon holds as one of the most accurate and respected books on bullfighting in Spain, with Hemingway’s volume closer to the Spanish tradition of writing on the bullfight than the English.