A Farewell to Arms
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto -- of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized -- is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. He has been called “the most important author since Shakespeare,” by John O’Hara in
The New York Times Book Review. The publication of
The Sun Also Rises and
A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella
The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,
Hemingway. He died in 1961.
John Slattery has starred on Broadway in
Rabbit Hole, Betrayal, and
Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Off-Broadway credits include
Three Days of Rain (L.A. Critics Award, Drama Desk nom.), and
The Lisbon Traviata. On television he has been seen in
Ed, K Street, Sex & the City, and
Will & Grace. Films include
Flags of Our Fathers, Mona Lisa Smile, The Station Agent,Traffic, and