Drawn heavily from Hemingway's own experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I, A Farewell to Arms cast its author in a new light. Until its publication in 1929, Hemingway had been seen as a talented writer with great promise. Now, in the wake of reviews trafficking heavily in superlatives, he was a widely acknowledged master of modern prose. After reading Farewell, his friend, poet Archibald MacLeish, wrote: "I am afraid you are not only a fine writer which I have always known but something a lot more than that & it scares me."
A Farewell to Arms
Archibald S. Alexander, 1929
Image courtesy '28 Collection of Hemingway, Rare Books Division,
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library, New Jersey