A Farewell to Arms is a semi-autobiographical novel published by Ernest Hemingway in 1929 at the publishing house Charles Scribner's Sons. Much of the work he has written in the House of his parents-in-law, the Pfeiffer House and Carriage House in Piggott, Arkansas. The story is told through the eyes of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, anAmerican who during the first world war in the Italian army serves as ambulance driver.
The novel is divided into five parts.
In the second part, Henry and Catherine's relationship grows and they bring together the summer in Milan. Henry falls in love with Catherine and by the time he is healed, Catherine is three months pregnant.
In the third part Henry returns to his unit, but not for long, because the Germans break through the Italian lines and the Italians retreat. After Henry left behind and manages to connect back, he is taken out of the crowd and put at the officers. That are questioned and executed for treason leading to the Italian defeat. However, Henry escapes by jumping into a river.
In the fifth and last part, Henry and Catherine to delivery lead a quiet life in the mountains. After a long and painful childbirth is their stillborn son. Catherine Gets a hemorrhage and she dies soon, and Henry returns by the rain back to their hotel.
- Lieutenant Frederic Henry, often called Tenente .
- Catherine Barkley
- The film was made into a film under the same name for the first time in 1932 and was nominated for an Oscar for the best film. The film was adapted from the novel by Oliver H.P. Garrett and Benjamin Glazer, the Director was Frank Borzage. The film uses music by Richard Wagner. It stars Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou.
- In 1957 , the film was again taken under the same title, with Rock Hudson , Jennifer Jonesand Vittorio De Sica. The direction was by Charles Vidor and John Huston. De Sica was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his contribution in this version.
- Directed by Richard Attenborough. In In Love and War is a more biographical work, based on the same background as the book A Farewell to Arms.
- a mini series with Donald Sutherland