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For Whom the Bell Tolls.

by HEMINGWAY, Ernest

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About This Item

New York:: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1940.. First edition, in the first state of the dust jacket.. publisher's cloth in dust jacket; preserved in a custom quarter morocco slipcase and chemise.. Very good or better, in a very nice jacket with just a touch of the usual fading to the spine and some very slight use to edges.. 8vo,. Signed and inscribed: "To Mother with much love Ernest / " The recipient was Edna Fischel Gellhorn, the mother of Martha Gellhorn, the Dedicatee of this novel.

Synopsis

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.

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bookseller
Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
69985
Title
For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Author
HEMINGWAY, Ernest
Format/binding
Publisher's cloth in dust jacket; preserved in a custom quarter morocco slipcase and chemise.
Book condition
Used - Very good or better, in a very nice jacket with just a touch of the usual fading to the spine and some very slight use to edges.
Edition
First edition, in the first state of the dust jacket.
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons,
Place of Publication
New York:
Date Published
1940.
Pages
471 pp.
Size
8vo,

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