Synopses & Reviews
Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, andlt;Iandgt;A Farewell to Arms andlt;/Iandgt;is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefieldand#8212;weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertionand#8212;this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to andlt;Iandgt;A Farewell to Arms andlt;/Iandgt;thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingwayand#8217;s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingwayand#8217;s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the authorand#8217;s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the authorand#8217;s grandson Seand#225;n Hemingway, this edition of andlt;Iandgt;A Farewell to Arms andlt;/Iandgt;is truly a celebration.
"Fascinating...serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an authorand#8217;s process."
and#8220;A Farewell to Armsand#8221; stands, more than 80 years after its first appearance, as a towering ornament of American literature."
"This special edition of [Hemingway's] classic World War I novel, first published in 1929, contains several features that illuminate how Hemingway constructed his timeless tale of love and war."
"andlt;Iandgt;A Farewell to Armsandlt;/Iandgt; is a gem....To see Hemingway go from bold pronouncements and overwriting to his signature stripped-down style isn't just instructive, it's practically intrusive (but fun!)"
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About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of andlt;Iandgt;The Sun Also Risesandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;A Farewell to Armsandlt;/Iandgt; immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in the novel andlt;Iandgt;For Whom the Bell Tollsandlt;/Iandgt;, and he also covered World War II. His classic novella andlt;Iandgt;The Old Man and the Sea andlt;/Iandgt;won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.