For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway (Author)

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Reading Level: 9th − 12th Grade
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 antifascist 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."
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"A tremendous piece of work." -The New York Times "For Whom the Bell Tolls is indispensable... the single most insightful thing I have ever read about the consequences of war." -Sebastian Junger "My favorite novel of all time. It instructed me to see the world as it is, with all its corruption and cruelty, and believe it's worth fighting for anyway, even dying for." -John McCain
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novel The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing, and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2, 1961.
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Scribner Book Company
Publication date
July 19, 1995
BISAC categories
FIC019000 - Fiction | Literary
FIC032000 - Fiction | War & Military
FIC004000 - Fiction | Classics
Library of Congress categories
War fiction
Civil War, 1936-1939

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