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A Farewell to Arms  
DEFINITION
  • Novel by Ernest Hemingway, 1929 Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms stands as a seminal statement of the hopelessness and widespread lack of conviction that characterized the attitudes of many participants in the “Great War.” Within American letters and society, A Farewell to Arms is considered to have captured, and in a sense to have contributed to, the feeling of disillusionment about the failed ideals of the preceding generations—a significant expression, that is, of the “Lost Generation.” The novel tells the story of Lt. Frederic Henry, a young Red Cross volunteer serving with the Italian Army in World War I. While recounting some of his relationships with his Italian soldier colleagues from 1915 to 1918, the novel's narrative and emotional core treats Henry's love affair with his English nurse, Catherine Barkley. [Source: Encyclopedia of War & American Society; Farewell to Arms, A]
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