Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels (Library of Essential Writers)

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The preeminent writer of his time, Ernest Hemingway wrote emotionally resonant fiction steeped in the experiences of the ?lost generation? that came of age during World War I. His tales of American expatriates aimlessly adrift in postwar Europe and people struggling with dignity to persevere in a world marked by violence, cruelty, and senseless death capture the disillusionment and cynicism that were part of the spirit of the age.

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The preeminent writer of his time, Ernest Hemingway wrote emotionally resonant fiction steeped in the experiences of the “lost generation” that came of age during World War I. His tales of American expatriates aimlessly adrift in postwar Europe and people struggling with dignity to persevere in a world marked by violence, cruelty, and senseless death capture the disillusionment and cynicism that were part of the spirit of the age.

This literary omnibus collects Hemingway’s four best-known novels—The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea. Written with Hemingway’s trademark economy of style but evocative in their delineations of individuals seeking purpose in lives shaped by futility and frustration, these tales pay tribute to a writer who changed the way fiction was written and read in the twentieth century.

Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works—complete and unabridged—from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer’s life and works.

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Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was born in Oak Park, Illinois and began his writing career as a journalist for the Kansas City Star in 1917. During the First World War he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front but was invalided home after being seriously wounded. In 1921, he settled in Paris, where he became part of a burgeoning American expatriate circle.  His acclaimed novel, The Sun Also Rises, was published in 1926 and established him as both the voice of the “lost generation” and the preeminent writer of his time. Hemingway returned to the United States in 1927 and two years later published A Farewell to Arms. Later he reported on the Spanish Civil War, which became the background for his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1939). He earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his novel The Old Man and the Sea. In 1954 Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Biography

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. Before the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

Hemingway -- himself a great sportsman -- liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.

© The Nobel Foundation 1954.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ernest Miller Hemingway (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 21, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oak Park, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1961
    2. Place of Death:
      Ketchum, Idaho

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    A nice omnibus edition

    Irrespective of the merits of any of Hemingway's work, it is gratifying to have access to it in a form such as this. For the price, you will not see a better job of binding or typesetting. The volume travels well and appears (though it does not say) to be printed on quality paper. If orange is not the color you need for your bookcase, the cloth cover is a very attractive (and conservative) design.<BR/><BR/>Aside from a seven-page introduction by Eric Carl Link, the words are essentially all Hemingway's. If this is a scholarly edition, then it is devoid of the exegesis, critical commentary, and pointed notes to the less literarily informed among us that one finds in some other of BN's editions (especially the paperback Barnes and Noble Classics series).<BR/><BR/>The four novels are presented in chronological order, giving the reader a sense (or at least an illusion) of following Hemingway's own transition from a self-absorbed youth with delusions of speaking for a generation, to a much more sober understanding of one's own particularity, and the interest that that particularity can have when, perhaps, not taken too seriously.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Rereading The Sun Also Rises after 60 years...

    I bought the attractive Hemingway book to reread The Sun Also Rises, the epic of my young life some 60 years ago. And how was the reread? Sadly, far from the original thrill. When Hemingway ignites his legendary Roman candles with the fishing trip to Burguete and the fiesta at San Fermin, he dazzles. But schlepping around Paris with his dissolute band was tedious now and a disappointment; these cardboard characters made for a slow, jittery entry. I just couldn't recapture the original magic, which, I suppose, is a sadness of trying to regain the past. Even sadder is the thought that revisionism somehow betrays the author. It's something like the comment Jake makes to Brett at ringside: "There's nothing but that horse part that will bother you."

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    Great Book !

    I did a book report paper and project on The Sun Also Rises and I definitely recommend it for anyone who is doing a report for it. I enjoyed this book very much because its simple language and basic concept kept me waiting for something, although nothing too interesting actually did happen, the characters' adventures kept me anticipating and wanting more. Finally, in the very last paragraph it all came together and made sense. It hit me, the sadness, the bitter-sweet feeling, and the excitement of the future for these people. You come to your senses and find the whole story revolves around Brett & Jake. Hemingway's concept of sex in this book is quite interesting since it doesn't directly say it. Brett shows strength, independence, and hints towards a new feminism era. History buffs would enjoy this book because it gives you a first person perspective in living the life during the Great War (World War I). Feminist will also enjoy this book to both criticize and rave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Great for the Hemingway enthusiast

    A wonderful way for a fan of Hemingway to get several of his most popular works all in one volume.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Amazing Hemingway

    You really can't beat this book. It is handsome, reads well with paper of fine quality and it contains the four best novels from the great Hemingway. If you own this book plus "The Complete Short Stories - the Finca Vigia Edition", which as the title indicates contains all published short-stories of EH, you will be well-stocked with Hemingway magic.

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