Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Farewell, And a Different Farewell, and Yet Another Farewell, to Arms


A new edition of A Farewell to Arms, which was originally published in 1929, will be released next week, including all the alternate endings, along with early drafts of other passages in the book.

From a story in the New York Times...

It is also an attempt to redirect some of the attention paid in recent years to Hemingway’s swashbuckling, hard-drinking image — through fictional depictions in the best-selling novel “The Paris Wife” and the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris,” for instance — back to his sizable body of work. 

“I think people who are interested in writing and trying to write themselves will find it interesting to look at a great work and have some insight to how it was done,” Se├ín Hemingway, a grandson of Ernest Hemingway who is also a curator of Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in an interview. “But he is a writer who has captured the imagination of the American public, and these editions are interesting because they really focus on his work. Ultimately that’s his lasting contribution.” 

The new edition concludes that the 39 endings that Hemingway referred to are really more like 47.

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