A Farewell To Arms is an honest portrayal
of the harshness of WWI. Lieutenant
Frederic Henry serves as an ambulance driver on the Italian Front. Nurse Catherine Barkley catches his fancy; their
affair is overshadowed by the backdrop of war.
Ernest Hemingway served during WWI as an ambulance driver on the Italian
Front. He was severely wounded and fell
madly in love with a nurse. Hemingway
draws the truth from these emotionally charged experiences for his fiction, painting
a vivid picture of the raw bleakness of war and the sometimes staggering
intensity of love.
Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel of love during wartime.
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, this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.
Hemingway famously rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. A classic novel of love during wartime, “A Farewell to Arms stands, more than eighty years after its first appearance, as a towering ornament of American literature” (The Washington Times).
About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novel The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing, and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2, 1961.
“I think A Farewell to Arms is Hemingway's greatest novel, the truest. It’s also heartbreaking.”
“We can’t seem to stop using a certain kind of elevated, heroic language about war and it is our duty always to puncture it. No one has ever done that as eloquently as Hemingway, through the accumulating weight of his sentences, and the emotional clarity, the disgust and also the reverence for what has been done.”