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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

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About This Item

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1929. Early Reprint. Early reprint. Measures approximately 7.5" x 5.25", 355 numbered pages. Comes with brand new facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket is included for protection and display.

This book is in good plus condition. Moderate bumping and tearing to both ends of spine. Moderate scuffing to both boards. Moderate staining to all edges of textblock. Front and rear hinge are cracked. Interior pages are bright and clean.

Early in 1918, Ernest Hemingway joined the Italian Red Cross and served as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. During his time abroad, Hemingway had two experiences that affected him profoundly and that would later inspire one of his most celebrated novels, A Farewell to Arms.

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Synopsis

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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It has a good plot, but its boring.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
A Farewell to Arms
Author
Ernest Hemingway
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
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Edition
Early Reprint
Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap Publishers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1929

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Edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
Reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
Fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
Cracked
In reference to a hinge or a book's binding, means that the glue which holds the opposing leaves has allowed them to separate,...
Facsimile
An exact copy of an original work. In books, it refers to a copy or reproduction, as accurate as possible, of an original...
Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Hinge
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.

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