A Farewell To Arms

by Hemingway, Ernest

Set during World War 1, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is the story of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army, and his love affair with an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. The novel is semi-autobiographical, based on Hemingway's own experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during the war. While some assume the title of the work to be taken from a poem by 16th century English dramatist George Peele, others believe it to be a simple pun of the word “arms.”

A Farewell to Arms was first serialized in the May-October issues Scribner's Magazine 1929. It was published in book form in September of that year. As the work became available to the public just over ten years after the November 1918 armistice, Hemingway assumed his audience would recognize many of the references. In fact, certain basic information isn't alluded to in the book at all, as it was common knowledge around the time of publication.

The result of this immediacy? Arguably one of the best novels written about World War I… ever. A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's first bestseller, affording him financial independence and cementing his stature as a modern American writer. More specifically, the novel and its content helped to established the author as a key member of the “Lost Generation,” a subset of Modernist artists namely defined by their post-war disillusionment. A Farewell to Arms is ranked 74th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. 

First Edition Identification

Scribner’s first published A Farewell to Arms in New York in September 1929 in a print run of about 31,000 copies. The 355-page first editions have no additional printings listed on the copyright page. Of the initial print run, 510 copies were numbered and signed by Hemmingway. These “Lost Generation” gems have sold for upwards of $20,000.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

 In July 2012, Scribner’s released the Hemingway Library Edition of A Farewell to Arms with a dust jacket facsimile of the first edition. The newly published edition presents an appendix with a number of alternate endings Hemingway wrote for the novel in addition to pieces from early draft manuscripts.

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest: AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGNED HEMINGWAY RARITY. One of only 10 copies intended solely for his own private distribution of A farewll to Arms. His first bestseller, this copy of Arms from the library of Owen Wister Jr., the father of Western fiction, author of the bestselling 1902 novel The Virginian. Hemingway held Wister in high regard, describing Wister s… Read more about this item
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. A beautiful, Fine copy of this desirable book in an attractive new slipcase. Original vellum spine and green boards with vellum tips. Copy #48 of 510 SIGNED by the author, Hemingway's only signed and limited edition. An absolutely gorgeous copy, the boards and the vellum both sparkling fresh with… Read more about this item
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by Ernest Hemingway (novel); Charles Vidor, John Huston (director); Ben Hecht (screenwriter); Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Oskar Homolka (starring)

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Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957. Draft script for the 1957 film. In Selznick Studio wrappers, with the insignia on the front wrapper. An original production script, with a perforated distribution leaf preceding the title page. The second film version of Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel, and also the last film produced by David O. Selznick. Frederick Henry (Hudson)… Read more about this item
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