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A Farewell to Arms
Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Vol. 3: Growth of Empires to the Great Depression (1890-1930s). Detroit: Gale, 1997. p112-118. COPYRIGHT 1997 Joyce Moss and George Wilson, COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Full Text:
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A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway Sidebar: Hide THE LITERARY WORK A novel set in Italy during World War I; published in 1929. SYNOPSIS An American military officer in the ambulance service becomes romantically involved with a British nurse. The officer deserts the Italian army and flees to Switzerland with the nurse, who is pregnant with his child. The nurse and child die during childbirth, and the officer concludes that trusting in the possibility of happiness is a mistake. Events in History at the Time the Novel Takes Place The Novel in Focus

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Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on July 21, 1899. After a brief stint as a reporter for the Kansas City Star, Hemingway joined a volunteer American Red Cross unit as a driver in World War 1. He served in Italy and was seriously wounded during an Austrian attack. Shortly after the war, Hemingway lived in Paris, where he became a key figure of what is sometimes called the “Lost Generation.” The term refers generally to the post-World War I generation, whose members felt disillusioned with the war and its consequences; more specifically, the term refers to a group of leading writers and artists of the period. This was the time in which Hemingway began work on A Farewell to Arms, a novel that...

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