Press Release: A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
Introduced by Colm Tóibín
Illustrated by Anne-Marie Jones
With the publication of A Farewell to Arms in 1929, Ernest Hemingway not only coined a new literary style, but also produced one of the 20th century’s most affecting war novels.
In February 2015, The Folio Society publishes the definitive edition for the 21st century, one that both celebrates and emulates Hemingway’s deceptively simple style. This beautifully illustrated volume is introduced by Colm Tóibín, who writes that Hemingway’s prose is ‘not like writing at all, with no sense of a writer at a desk attempting to create an illusion, but something that had been there already, in place before there was any writerly intrusion’. The language, distilled to its basic elements, is free from over-embellished sentiment and unnecessary detail. Yet between the words he hides the heart-wrenching passions of love and the abject foolishness of war: beauty and violence spring from mundanity when least expected.
In his first bestseller, Hemingway chronicles the experiences of Frederic Henry, an American serving on the Italian Front as an ambulance driver in 1915, and his love affair with a beautiful English nurse, Catherine Barkley. Moulded from Hemingway’s own experiences on the Italian Front, Frederic’s narrative resembles a memoir, mirroring the author’s lifelong quest for the most ‘truthful’ form of the written word.
Award-winning illustrator Anne-Marie Jones has produced nine striking images. With broad, deliberate brush strokes, she exposes the heart of Hemingway’s remarkable prose.
Three-quarter-bound in buckram with a Modigliani paper front board, printed with a design by Anne-Marie Jones. Set in Guardi with Gill Sans display. 320 pages. Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations. 9″ x 61⁄4″.
UK £39.95 US $69.95 Can $79.95 Aus $84.95
Publication date 11 February 2015
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