The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

A Farewell to Arms: The War of the Words

Document Type

Book

Citation

Lewis, Robert W. “A Farewell to Arms”: The War of the Words. New York: Twayne, 1992.

Annotation

Extended study. Introductory materials locate the novel historically within World War I and its revolutionary aftermath. Lewis briefly surveys the novel’s composition history and critical reception before delving into a thorough reading of Frederic and Catherine, uncovering their complex and multifaceted characters. Includes a discussion of the novel’s narrative method as well as a detailed stylistic analysis of Frederic’s voice. Concludes with a close reading of themes: insanity, theatricality, gaming, and the inadequacy of language.

Date

1992

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