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A Farewell To Arms by  Ernest Hemingway - First - 1929 - from Ben 'N' Reds Books and Biblio.com

A Farewell To Arms

by Hemingway, Ernest

Condition: Very Good/N/A


Hemingway's classic novel of love and war, First Edition First state. The basis for two movies of the same title. This book with the Scribner's seal on the copyright page and no disclaimer on the verso of the dedication page. The front free endpaper has a previous owner's name within a circular sticker The spine label indicating author and title has some surface darkening and discoloration appearing on the edges of the paper. There is No DJ Still an economical collectible copy of a high spot of American literature.

Extended Description and Notes

**TEMPORARY SALE! WONT LAST LONG!! New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Very Good; no DJ, Printed 1929. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A beautiful first edition in wonderful condition with slightly toned endpapers and paste-downs. One of 31,050 books of the first printing (page x is blank and does not contain the legal disclaimer , slightly rubbed and chipped,... mainly along spine. At the age of 18, Ernest Hemingway was eager to serve in the Great War, however, poor vision made him join the ambulance corps instead and was sent to France. Transferred to Italy, he became the first American wounded in that country during World War I. Hemingway came out of the European battlefields with a medal for valor and a wealth of experience that he would, 10 years later, turn into gold with A Farewell to Arms .

  • Bookseller: Ben 'N' Reds Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: BR206
  • Title: A Farewell To Arms
  • Author: Hemingway, Ernest
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: N/A
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Date published: 1929
  • Keywords: Classic, American Literature, Hemingway, WWII, Pfeiffer, 1929, Farewell


Book summary

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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