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For Whom the Bell Tolls Is a very strange book”—Alex Vernon, Hemingway scholar

Apr 5th, 2024

Reading Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls cover

The Volunteer interviews Alex Vernon, author of Reading Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway’s sprawling Spanish Civil War novel first published in October 1940, is still among his most widely read books. It is also widely misunderstood, says Hemingway scholar Alex Vernon. Vernon teaches at Hendrix College (Arkansas), is the author of Hemingway’s Second War and two army memoirs, and has just completed a 400-page Glossary and Commentary on For Whom the Bell Tolls, with an extensive introduction and sentence-by-sentence annotations, published by Kent State University Press. A good moment for a conversation about a controversial classic.”—The Volunteer

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