Back in 1940 on this day (July 16th) Ernest Hemingway published his masterpiece, For Whom The Bell Tolls, a novel about wartime Spain. The book is dedicated to Hemingway’s third wife Martha Gellhorn and sold 500,000 copies during the first six months. His friend F. Scott Fitzgerald would die during this time. It had been more than a decade since A Farewell to Arms and then another decade would pass until he published another major work. What happened to Hemingway’s writing after FWTBT until 1950? How ironic was it that Fitzgerald’s last work (1939) was titled The Lost Decade. Below is a copy of my 1st edition picked up on the streets on New York.