"This is the Best Book Ernest Hemingway Has Written"Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition with Scribner's "A" on the copyright page, in the first issue dust jacket. Octavo. 471 pages.
Publisher's tan cloth with red and black stamping. In the first-issue dust jacket. Only mild edge wear to the cloth, mostly along the bottom edges. Endpapers and textblock edges somewhat toned. First issue dust jacket has no photographer credit on the rear panel with minimal wear at the spine ends and corners, and a few short vertical surface abrasions on the spine and rear panel. Mild toning to the verso. A bright and clean first edition in very good condition.
"Few events in Hemingway's professional career could have been more gratifying than the success of For Whom the Bell Tolls. J. Donald Adams, in the New York Times Book Review, claimed, 'This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels in American literature.' In The New Yorker, Clifton Fadiman wrote, 'I do not much care whether or not this is a 'great' book. I feel that it is what Hemingway wanted it to be: a true book. It is written with only one prejudice - a prejudice in favor of the common human being.'" (James R. Mellow: Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences, p. 521-22)
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