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Ernest Hemingway In His Time

A Farewell to Arms

Like many young men of his generation seeking to be involved in the action of World War I, Ernest Hemingway volunteered as a Red Cross ambulance driver. He was stationed in Milan and on July 8, 1918, he received leg wounds in battle. Hospitalized, Hemingway was captivated by his nurse, Agnes Von Kurowsky. That brief war experience and the short-lived relationship with Von Kurowsky inspired Hemingway's successful 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms.


Army and Navy Roster of Oak Park Army and Navy Roster of Oak Park and River Forest Men Who Served in the Armed Forces in the War With Germany, April 1917, to August 1, 1918.
Oak Park, Illinois, August 10, 1918.

Hemingway's entry is marked to indicate that he was wounded in action. The story of his relationship with nurse Agnes Von Kurowsky during his recovery in an Italian hospital formed the basis of A Farewell to Arms.


A Farewell to Arms
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.

A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's first major success. The novel sold nearly 100, 000 copies in its first year of publication. It was also adapted into a play in 1930 and made into two separate films.

A Farewell to Arms


In einen andern Land In einen andern Land
Berlin: E. Rowohly, 1930.

This German edition of A Farewell to Arms was translated by Annemarie Horschitz.


A Farewell to Arms

Theater program for the original dramatic production of A Farewell to Arms. The work was adapted by the playwright Lawrence Stallings and opened to mixed reviews on September 22, 1930.

A Farewell to Arms


A Farewell to Arms
Lobby card, 20th Century Fox, 1957.

Lobby card used to promote the 1957 remake of A Farewell to Arms, starring Rock Hudson as Frederick Henry and Jennifer Jones as Nurse Catherine Barkley. The 1933 Paramount film version of the novel starred Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes.


A Farewell to Arms
20th Century Fox, 1958.

Publicity poster for the 20th Century Fox film.


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