Featured on public radio: Lesser-Known Lit: Seeking Summer’s Hidden Gems July 3, 2012 Recommended by NPR’s Barrie Hardymon Obviously, A Farewell to Arms is a gem — there’s hardly anyone who hasn’t been socked in the gut by its bracing prose and bleak story. But hidden? Any Hemingway fan worth his sweat knows Papa was a compulsive re-writer, and if you’ve ever wanted to see those hidden drafts — those gems if you will — here they are. Famously, Hemingway said he rewrote the last page of A Farewell to Arms 39 times before he was “satisfied.” Apocryphal? As it turns out, yes. There are actually 47 endings, all collected in this edition. To see Hemingway go from bold pronouncements and overwriting to his signature stripped-down style isn’t just instructive, it’s practically intrusive (but fun!). Spend your summer reacquainting yourself with Henry and Catherine (I won’t spoil it, but buy tissues), and get a bonus writing tutorial from Hemingway himself.