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For Whom The Bell Tolls

by Hemingway, Ernest

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
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About This Item

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. 471pp.Tweed beige cloth, red spine label. Letter "A" appears on the copyright page, indicating First Edition, first printing. Hemingway's signature in blue ink on the title page. No marks or writing in the book. Toning to othe endpapers and pages, The bottom corners are worn through. The unclipped pictorial jacket has the original $2.75 price on the front flap. There are chips across the top and bottom of the spine, creases at the extremities as well. Photo of Hemingway on the rear panel (photographer's name is not present) indicating First Edition, first state jacket. This is the story of Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer attached to a Republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. From the collection of noted Theatre Critic Michael Feingold. . Signed By Ernest Hemngway. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good+. Octavo.

Synopsis

Many consider  For Whom the Bell Tolls  to be author Ernest Hemingway’s finest work. Inspired by Hemingway’s time as a war correspondent for The North American Newspaper Alliance during the Spanish Civil War,  For Whom the Bell Tolls  is a stark and brutal commentary on the nature of war, sacrifice, and death. In fact, many believe his work is among the best depictions of the Spanish Civil War written. As with some of Hemingway’s other work, many of the characters, experiences, and events were based off real people and battles Hemingway saw.  One of the most interesting qualities of  For Whom the Bell Tolls  is the use and restraint of profanity. Even though Hemingway had already written much about war and tribulations and had never seemed inclined to limit the use of vulgar language, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a clear exemption. When writing dialogue, Hemingway would insert the word “obscenity” instead of writing the exact word or phrase. There has been a lot of discussion about the reason for such omissions, and while some believe Hemingway was worried about the book being banned and thus wanted to make the book as reader-friendly as possible for a brutally violent war novel, others believe the omissions of profanity was due to transliteration problems and the author’s attempt to be as honest to the dialogue he heard as possible.  There is no arguing with the legacy and influence Hemingway had not only on American culture, but also on generations of future writers. The Beatnik generation referred to Hemingway as “Papa” with a quite reverence, and Hemingway inspired countless journalists with his in-depth profiles and wartime articles. Even the cities where he wrote his books are now places for pilgrimage among his most devoted fans. Hemingway first started writing  For Whom the Bell Tolls  in Cuba and later finished it in Sun Valley, Idaho. In fact, both hotel rooms are now popular tourist destinations.

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On May 25 2023, Apeadero said:
Excellent book depicting an important moment of Spanish history.

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Bookseller
The Chatham Bookseller, LLC US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
033236
Title
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Author
Hemingway, Ernest
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket Condition
Good+
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1940
Size
Octavo
Keywords
Novel Spanish Civil War Segovia Bookfair24f

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