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Ernest Hemingway wrote the short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” during the end of the Great Depression in the 1930s. It was actually first published in a magazine, Esquire, in 1936. In 1938, it was republished in a collection of short stories and writings called The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories. Another famous story also published in that collection is "Hills Like White Elephants.” The Fifth Column is a play written about the Spanish Civil War, a favorite subject of Hemmingway’s. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” takes place in Africa. It is the story of a writer who is dying and uses the opportunity to reflect on his life between World War I and II.
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