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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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 Front Cover of For Whom the Bell Tolls First Edition

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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - First edition points of issue.

Pages: 471

Price: $2.75

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons

Date Published: 1940

Copyright page: Stated, "Copyright 1940 by Ernest Hemingway"

First Edition Total Publication: Approximately 75,000

First Edition Points of Issue: The first printing of this book has an "A" and the Scribner's seal on the copyright page. The first edition dust jacket does not have a credit under the photo of Hemingway on the back of the dust jacket. See photo examples below.

Size: 8.5" x 6"

Bound: Tan cloth boards with Hemingway's signature embossed on the front cover, red backgrounds with black lettering on the spine.

Dedication: This book is for Martha Gellhorn

Copyright Page of For Whom the Bell Tolls First Edition  Back Cover of For Whom the Bell Tolls First Edition

Copyright page with the letter A and Scribner's Seal and back cover without credit for photo.

First Edition Library Copies

The First Edition Library released a facsimile of For Whom the Bell Tolls that replicates a true first edition.  These books have a note on the copyright page stating the book is a facsimile with a renewal copyright date of 1968, the dust jacket for these books have the letters FEL on the bottom of the back flap, but otherwise perfectly replicate the first dust jacket, so collectors should always check for these letters and/or attempts to remove or cover over these letters.

Description: In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an anti fascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote to Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

Fim Adaption

Feature Film: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Paramount,
Release Date: July, 1943
Running Time: 170 minutes
Executive producer: B.G. DeSylva
Produced and directed by Sam Wood
Screenplay by Dudley Nichols
Starring Gary Cooper as Robert Jordan , and Ingrid Bergman as Maria

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