Hemingway was one of the first authors to write honestly about experiencing a modern war. This book changed the way a lot of people looked at warfare



  • Fact 1: Published in 1940, Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" follows an American teacher fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
  • Fact 2: Much of the book is based on Hemingway's own wartime experiences as a journalist covering the Spanish Civil War.
  • Fact 3: This first edition of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was one of 75,000 copies printed, and originally sold for $2.75.
  • Fact 4: Hemingway used intentionally awkward English for much of the dialog to simulate the translation from spoken Spanish.
  • Fact 5: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" takes its title from Meditation XVII of John Donne's 1624 "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions".

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