A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

"A Farewell to Arms," is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway, and published in 1929. It takes place during the Italian campaign of World War I, and is a first-person account of American, Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant ('Tenente') in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army.

About A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant ('Tenente') in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The title is taken from a poem by 16th-century English dramatist George Peele. A Farewell to Arms focuses on a romance between Henry and a British nurse, Catherine Barkley, against the backdrop of World War I, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations. The publication of this, Hemingway's bleakest novel, cemented his stature as a modern American writer, became his first best-seller, and is described by biographer Michael Reynolds as 'the premier American war novel from that debacle [World War I]'. The novel was first adapted to film in 1932, with further versions in the following decades. The novel is divided into five books.

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