Book cover from A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Book cover 'A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition'

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition

BUY NOW
$14.06
-17% on list price
Used from $3.87  New from $10.16
(as of 10/15/2018 04:50 PST - Details)
Author(s): Ernest Hemingway
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Edition: Reprint
Published: 07-08-2014
ISBN: 1476764522
Pages: 352
Publisher: Scribner
List Price: $17.00

Book description

The definitive edition of the classic novel of love during wartime, featuring all of the alternate endings: “Fascinating…serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an author’s process” (The New York Times).

Written when Ernest 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 Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical 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 of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.

Book review

As a youth of 18, Ernest Hemingway was eager to fight in the Great War. Poor vision kept him out of the army, so he joined the ambulance corps instead and was sent to France. Then he transferred to Italy where he became the first American wounded in that country during World War I. Hemingway came out of the European battlefields with a medal for valor and a wealth of experience that he would, 10 years later, spin into literary gold with A Farewell to Arms. This is the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse. The two meet in Italy, and almost immediately Hemingway sets up the central tension of the novel: the tenuous nature of love in a time of war. During their first encounter, Catherine tells Henry about her fiancé of eight years who had been killed the year before in the Somme. Explaining why she hadn't married him, she says she was afraid marriage would be bad for him, then admits:
I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn't know.
The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he "did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards." Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine.

Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and To Have and Have Not), offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. --Alix Wilber

Similar books to 'A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition'

Product picture for For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
With A Farewell to Arms (1929), Ernest Hemingway established his reputation as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. About ten years later, For Whom the Bell...
Book cover from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A...
Book cover from The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and...
Book cover from To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
Hemingway's Classic Novel About Smuggling, Intrigue, and Love To Have and Have Not is the dramatic story of Harry Morgan, an honest man who is forced into running contraband...
Book cover from Edna St. Vincent Millay: Selected Poems: (American Poets Project #1) by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Hardcover
Praised by poets and critics ranging from A. E. Housman and Thomas Hardy to Edmund Wilson, Edna St. Vincent Millay's bold, exquisite poems take their place among the enduring...
Book cover from A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Paperbook) by Tennessee Williams
Paperback
The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play―reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams' essay "The...
Book cover from The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts
Paperback
An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press—and the journalists responsible for them—profoundly changed the nation’s...
Book cover from The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
THE ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most...
Book cover from A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished...
Book cover from The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Paperback
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and...