Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket lacking photographer's credit to rear panel (which was added in later states). Publisher's beige cloth, stamped to front board in black with author's facsimile signature, stamped in red and black to spine; in the original black, red, white, and blue dust jacket with a photograph of the author taken by Lloyd Arnold to rear panel. Near fine book with light rubbing to spine, and minor offsetting to endpapers; very good unclipped dust jacket with light rubbing to panels and spine, minor edgewear, lightly nicked corners, some shallow chipping to spine ends, and a bit of foxing to jacket flap edges and rear panel. Overall, an excellent and sturdy copy. Hanneman A18a. For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway's account of the Spanish Civil War, based on his experiences living as a journalist in Spain during the conflict. It tells the story of protagonist Robert Johnson, an American fighting for the republicans during the war. Notably, For Whom the Bell Tolls describes the struggle of the Spanish people without glorifying the war effort. Along with The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms, this text is considered one of the author's best novels. Indeed, in his 1940 New York Times review, Ralph Thompson praises it as "the most moving document to date on the Spanish Civil War," "the first major novel of the Second World War," and even Hemingway's "finest novel." At 211,000 words, For Whom the Bell Tolls is also Hemingway's longest text.