A Farewell To Arms The Hemingway Library Edition (Hardcover)
|Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to "A Farewell to Arms" 39 times to get the words right. This edition collects all the alternate endings together for the first time, offering new insight into the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.|
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Presented by Patrick and SeÁn Hemingway, this augmented edition of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel of love during wartime features early drafts and, for the first time, all of the author's alternate endings. Written when Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield?weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caparetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion?this gripping, semi-autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.
Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all the alternate endings together for the first time, offering new insight into Hemingway's craft and creative process, and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring a previously published Introduction by the author, a personal Foreword by the author's son, Patrick Hemingway, and a new Introduction by his grandson, SeÁn Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.
Hemingway's second full-length novel, published in 1929, calls on his own experiences during World War I, when he worked for the Red Cross in Italy, was wounded after only six weeks on duty, and recuperated in a hospital in Milan, where he had a romance with a nurse. The blend of fact and imagination in A FAREWELL TO ARMS, however, is artful; Hemingway, who returned home after his brief experience, had to research the combat scenes, which were so convincing that many readers refused to believe he had not actually been a soldier in the trenches. The hero of A FAREWELL TO ARMS, Frederic Henry, is an American serving in the Italian army as an ambulance driver. Convalescing from a leg wound, he falls in love with an English nurse, Catherine Barkley, who becomes pregnant. After Frederic participates in the bloody defeat at Caporetto and the horrifying retreat from the area by what is left of the army, he and Catherine decide that their only course is a "farewell to arms": he deserts, and they make their way to neutral Switzerland. There the tragic love story is played out, far from the front. When the novel ends, Frederic is alone, walking in the rain--another of Hemingway's existential heroes, forced to confront the emptiness and sterility of his life. In A FAREWELL TO ARMS, Hemingway used to great effect the prose style he had perfected in his previous work: the spare, staccato sentences that were so influenced by his friend Gertrude Stein. His naturalistic, unsentimental storytelling seems to make only more tragic the love story that is at the novel's center, and the bleak failure of hope and heroism behind Frederic's desertion.
"One cannot help thinking that 'A Farewell to Arms' is a symbolic title; that it is Hemingway's farewell to a period, an attitude, and perhaps to a method also....Pity, love, adventureousness, anger, the emotions on which his earlier books were based, almost to the entire exclusion of ideas, are less violently stimulated in a world at peace. The emotions as a whole are more colored by thought: perhaps they are weaker and certainly they are becoming more complicated. They seem to demand expression in subtler and richer prose." - Malcolm Cowley 10/6/29