Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms (1630 words)


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A Farewell to Arms (1929) was Ernest Hemingway's second full-length novel. With it, he consolidated the reputation he had made with The Sun Also Rises (1926) and two major collections of short stories. Set on the Italian front during World War I and partially based on Hemingway's wartime experience with the Red Cross in that theatre of the war, A Farewell to Arms is both a war story and a love story, the work that the author once referred to as his Romeo and Juliet.

The protagonist, Frederic Henry, is a lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian army. Although he is no patriot (he says that he joined the army because he was in Italy when the war broke out and he spoke Italian), Henry has served …

Citation: Fleming, Robert E.. "A Farewell to Arms". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001 [, accessed 14 June 2021.]

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