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A special edition of Hemingway's powerful autobiographical war classic, including the author's 1948 introduction, his early drafts, and all of the 47 alternative endings

WITH A FOREWORD BY PATRICK HEMINGWAY AND AN INTRODUCTION BY SEAN HEMINGWAY

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experience came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s unforgettable book recreates the fear, the courage and the comradeship of warfare with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war, it is also a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.

This special edition lifts the lid on Hemingway’s creative process. Included here are his early drafts, all 47 alternative endings and the author’s 1948 introduction, providing a fascinating glimpse into the construction of this great masterpiece.

Reviews

A most beautiful, moving and human book

Vita Sackville-West

A novel of great power

Times Literary Supplement

Flawless... such mastery of narrative, imagery and feeling, the prerequisites for great prose

Edna O'Brien, Guardian

It seems such simple and straightforward language, but it isn't. The first chapter of A Farewell to Arms is only two and a bit pages but there is almost every variety of sentence structure. It is incredibly artful writing, and part of the art is disguising that it is artful.

John Harvey, Guardian

Essential Hemingway...a gripping account of the life of an American volunteer in the Italian army and a poignant love story.

Daily Express

There is something so complete in Mr. Hemingway's achievement in A Farewell to Arms that one is left speculating as to whether another novel will follow in this manner, and whether it does not complete both a period and a phase...crisply natural and convincing.

Guardian 1929

A most beautiful, moving and human book

Vita Sackville-West

A novel of great power

Times Literary Supplement

Flawless... such mastery of narrative, imagery and feeling, the prerequisites for great prose

Edna O'Brien, Guardian

Essential Hemingway...a gripping account of the life of an American volunteer in the Italian army and a poignant love story.

Daily Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099582564

    December 2, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $14.99

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