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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you...

Ernest Hemingway in Paris, 1928 (The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

Susan F. Beegel holds a PhD in English from Yale University, and is the former editor of The Hemingway Review, a scholarly journal published by The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and The University of Idaho, where she is a former professor of English. She has published two books on Hemingway and more than fifty articles on American literature and history.

An acclaimed biographer and literary conservator, Matthew J. Bruccoli (1931-2008) was the author of many books about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, including Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1981), Conversations with Ernest Hemingway (1986), and Fitzgerald and Hemingway: A Dangerous Friendship (1994). He was a professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he established a world-renowned collection of Fitzgerald papers and manuscripts.

Writer Andrew Carroll is one of the nation's foremost experts on wartime correspondence. The editor of several acclaimed books including War Letters (2001) and Behind the Lines (2005), he is also the founder of the Legacy Project, a national, all-volunteer project that encourages Americans to preserve their wartime letters and emails. He is the editor of the anthology Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families (2006).

Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an acclaimed poet, critic, and literary anthologist. His third collection of poetry, Interrogations at Noon (2001), won the American Book Award. He has also written collections of essays, including Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture (1992; 2002) and Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture (2004). In 2015, he became the California State Poet Laureate.

Born in Chicago, David Ives was educated at Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama. A Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he is probably best known for his one-act comedies collected in two anthologies, All in the Timing (1994) and Time Flies (2001). His young adult novels include Monsieur Eek (2001), Scrib (2005) and Voss (2008).

Actor and playwright Stephen Lang toured his one-man show Beyond Glory to U.S. military installations abroad as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' initiative Operation Homecoming. He adapted this acclaimed production from Larry Smith's book Beyond Glory (2003). His awards include a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of Colonel Jessep in the play A Few Good Men.

Bobbie Ann Mason's first work of fiction, Shiloh and Other Stories (1982), won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 1982. She is perhaps best known for her 1985 novel, In Country. Other books include Feather Crowns (1993), The Girl Sleuth (1975; 1995), Clear Springs: A Memoir (1999), An Atomic Romance (2005), and The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011).

Alice McDermott is the author of many novels including A Bigamist's Daughter (1982), Child of My Heart (2002), After This (2006), and Someone (2013). Her fourth novel, Charming Billy (1998), won the National Book Award. McDermott is currently the Richard A. Macksey Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Ken Panda received his doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. He is an expert on the correspondence of Ernest Hemingway, and he is co-editor of the first volume of The Collected Letters of Ernest Hemingway (2011). He teaches literature and theory at the University of Delaware.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Tobias Wolff is an acclaimed writer and teacher. He has written two memoirs: This Boy's Life (1989) chronicles his childhood, and In Pharaoh's Army (1994) describes his military service from 1964-1968, including a tour in Vietnam. His fiction includes the short-story collection In the Garden of the North American Martyrs: Stories (1996) and the Big Read selection Old School (2003). In 2015, he received the National Medal of Arts. He teaches fiction at Stanford University.

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