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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art

After the War

Back cover of A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway
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The cover of an early edition of A Farewell to Arms focuses on the tragic love story in the novel, using classical imagery to show two lovers in despair. The small canons on both sides of the title hint that the war provided the context for the love story and most of the events in the text. Hemingway's inscription on the first page lists the places he visited while writing the book.

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