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'A Farewell to Arms' is a novel written by the famed American author Ernest Hemingway, set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant ("Tenente") in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The title is taken from a poem by 16th-century English dramatist George Peele. 'A Farewell to Arms' is about a love affair between the expatriate American Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of the First World War, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations. The publication of 'A Farewell to Arms' cemented the stature of Hemingway as a modern American writer. The novel became his first best-seller and is described by biographer Michael Reynolds as "the premier American war novel from that debacle World War I."