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For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

Condition: Good with no dust jacket; Slightly soiled bottom, worn corners do not affect inside pages.


Charles Scribner's Sons. Good with no dust jacket; Slightly soiled bottom, worn corners do . not affect inside pages.. 1968. Reprint. Hardcover. B000H98IPS . 1.60 x 8.50 x 6.00; 507 pages; Clearly one of Hemingway's best work, this book is the story of American explosives expert, Robert Jordan, who joined the International Brigades, fighting a fascist regime during the Spanish Civil War. In the midst of war, he finds love in young Maria whose life has been ravaged by war. Despite their love, Jordan chooses to sublimate his life to a higher purpose for the greater human good. Robert Jordan has been an ego ideal for many men including, by their admission, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. .

Many consider  For Whom the Bell Tolls  to be author Ernest Hemingway’s finest work. Inspired by Hemingway’s time as a war correspondent for The North American Newspaper Alliance during the Spanish Civil War,  For Whom the Bell Tolls  is a stark and brutal commentary on the nature of war, sacrifice, and death. In fact, many believe his work is among the best depictions of the Spanish Civil War written. As with some of Hemingway’s other work, many of the characters, experiences, and events were based off real people and battles Hemingway saw.  One of the most interesting qualities of  For Whom the Bell Tolls  is the use and restraint of profanity. Even though Hemingway had already written much about war and tribulations and had never seemed inclined to limit the use of vulgar language, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a clear exemption. When writing dialogue, Hemingway would insert the word “obscenity” instead of writing the exact word or phrase. There has been a lot of discussion about the reason for such omissions, and while some believe Hemingway was worried about the book being banned and thus wanted to make the book as reader-friendly as possible for a brutally violent war novel, others believe the omissions of profanity was due to transliteration problems and the author’s attempt to be as honest to the dialogue he heard as possible.  There is no arguing with the legacy and influence Hemingway had not only on American culture, but also on generations of future writers. The Beatnik generation referred to Hemingway as “Papa” with a quite reverence, and Hemingway inspired countless journalists with his in-depth profiles and wartime articles. Even the cities where he wrote his books are now places for pilgrimage among his most devoted fans. Hemingway first started writing  For Whom the Bell Tolls  in Cuba and later finished it in Sun Valley, Idaho. In fact, both hotel rooms are now popular tourist destinations. Read more: Identifying first editions of For Whom the Bell Tolls


  • Bookseller: New and Gently Read Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: HHE856
  • Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Author: Ernest Hemingway
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Good with no dust jacket; Slightly soiled bottom, worn corners do not affect inside pages.
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Date published: 1968
  • Keywords: Ernest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Classic Fiction, Fiction, Spanish Civil War
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fiction, Classic;


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