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A FAREWELL TO ARMS by ERNEST HEMINGWAY - First of Re-Issue - 1957 - from Vancouver Bookseller (SKU: 562)


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Set during World War 1, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is a semi-autobiographical novel about Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army, and his love affair with an English nurse. It was first published in 1929 and was Hemingway's first bestseller. It has been made into films twice and is ranked 74th on Modern Library's "100 Best" English-language novels of the 20th century.

This is a first edition copy of Charles Scribner's Sons' 1957 re-issue. It is medium blue and dark blue boards with brilliant silver and gold lettering on the cover and spine.

314 pages of very thick paper. No dust jacket.

This copy has not been read. It appears, however, that there was a folding issue at the printer; pages 57-64 and page 306 have folded corners. But the spine has not been cracked and there are no marks of any kind in the book. There is the tiniest amount of shelfwear to the top of the spine; otherwise, it is pristine.

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Set during World War 1, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is the story of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army, and his love affair with an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. The novel is semi-autobiographical, based on Hemingway's own experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during the war. While some assume the title of the work to be taken from a poem by 16th century English dramatist George Peele, others believe it to be a simple pun of the word “arms.” A Farewell to Arms was first serialized in the May-October issues Scribner's Magazine 1929. It was published in book form in September of that year. As the work became available to the public just over ten years after the November 1918 armistice, Hemingway assumed his audience would recognize many of the references. In fact, certain basic information isn't alluded to in the book at all, as it was common knowledge around the time of publication. The result of this immediacy? Arguably one of the best novels written about World War I… ever. A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's first bestseller, affording him financial independence and cementing his stature as a modern American writer. More specifically, the novel and its content helped to established the author as a key member of the “Lost Generation,” a subset of Modernist artists namely defined by their post-war disillusionment. A Farewell to Arms is ranked 74th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. 

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War Stories; Romance; American Fiction; Southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece);

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