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- Full Title: A Farewell to Arms
- When Written: 1928
- Where Written: Piggott, Arkansas
- When Published: May–October, 1929
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: War Novel
- Setting: Italy and Switzerland during World War I, 1916–1918
- Climax: Catherine Barkley dies during childbirth.
- Antagonist: The military system, including the enemy troops of Austria and Germany, the chaotically organized Italian army, and the ruthless military police.
- Point of View: First-person; (Frederic Henry is the narrator.)
Farewell to Hollywood: A Farewell to Arms has been adapted for film three times: the 1932 Gary Cooper film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, the 1957 remake starring Rock Hudson got a Best Supporting Actor nomination. A BBC version of the film was also made in 1966.
Autobiographical: Hemingway's injury in World War I resembled that suffered by Henry in A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway also had a brief affair with a nurse during his recovery.