A Farewell to Arms (1929). Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. First edition. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.
Set during the Italian campaign of World War I, the book is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The title is taken from a poem by 16th-century English dramatist George Peele.
The story focuses on a romance between Henry and a British nurse, Catherine Barkley, against the backdrop of WW I, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations.
“I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms