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Hemingway Can

Washington, DC

Public domain image of Ernest Hemingway in an American Red Cross Ambulance in Italy, 1918.

Hemingway's experience in Italy during WWI provided him the material for his 1929 classic, A Farewell to Arms. After WWI, he worked in Paris as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. These early journalistic experiences had a profound effect on developing his enormously influential prose style. Today, we'll hear from Hemingway scholars Susan Beegel and Matthew Brucolli; writer Tobias Wolff; playwright David Ives; and actor Stephen Lang.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/HemingwayApril.mp3]

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To hear the full half-hour A Farewell to Arms audio guide, please visit The Big Read website.

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