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For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

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About This Item

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943. The book measures approximately 9" x 6", with 471 numbered pages. Comes with a brand new facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket for protection and display.

This book is in very good condition. Minor bumping to both ends of spine. Minor scuffing to label on spine. Minor scuffing and staining to top and bottom edges of textblock. Front hinge is cracked. Moderate staining to front and rear pastedowns. Christmas gift inscription on front endpaper dated 1943.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" is one of Hemingway's biggest literary triumphs. Written in 1939 and finished in 1940, the first edition was published in October of that year, with a print run of 75,000 copies. The novel was inspired by Hemingway's experiences as a journalist in Spain during its civil war. The plot centers on an American dynamiter who joins forces with an anti-fascist troupe to carry out the detonation of a bridge. What unfolds is a story of bravery, deception, love, and agony. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is certainly one of Ernest Hemingway's greatest novels. Were it not for the war and politics of the time, this novel would have been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1941 - as the jurors voted unanimously in favor of the award.

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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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On May 25 2023, Apeadero said:
Excellent book depicting an important moment of Spanish history.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Author
Ernest Hemingway
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
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Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1943

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Facsimile
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Edges
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Jacket
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First Edition
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Spine
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Cracked
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Fine
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Hinge
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