Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)

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  • Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

    In this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells
    with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees
    in blossom: of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her: of
    primitive festivals: of big game that were her near neighbors--lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes--and of
    Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

    The Random House colophon made its debut in February 1927 on the cover of a little pamphlet called "Announcement
    Number One." Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, the company's founders, had acquired the Modern Library from
    publishers Boni and Liveright two years earlier. One day, their friend the illustrator Rockwell Kent stopped by their
    office. Cerf later recalled, "Rockwell was sitting at my desk facing Donald, and we were talking about doing a few
    books on the side, when suddenly I got an inspiration and said, 'I've got the name for our publishing house. We just
    said we were go-ing to publish a few books on the side at random. Let's call it Random House.' Donald liked the idea,
    and Rockwell Kent said, 'That's a great name. I'll draw your trademark.' So, sitting at my desk, he took a piece of
    paper and in five minutes drew Random House, which has been our colophon ever since." Throughout the years, the
    mission of Random House has remained consistent: to publish books of the highest quality, at random. We are proud to
    continue this tradition today.

    This edition is set from the first American edition of 1937 and commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Random
    House.

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