A Farewell to Arms was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1929. The publishing company began in New York as Baker & Scribner in 1846. When Baker died in 1865, Charles Scribner bought Baker’s shares and renamed it Charles Scribner. After Charles Scribner died, his sons John, Charles, and Arthur took over the company and bought the remaining stocks from shareholders, renaming the publishing company for a third time: Charles Scribner’s Sons. The publishing company was bought by Macmillan in 1984, which was bought by Simon and Schuster in 1994 (Princeton, 2002).
Notable books published by the company up to the publication date for A Farewell to Arms include Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1874), 9th edition of the American Encyclopedia Britannica (1878), A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885), Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) and The Great Gatsby (1925) both by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Princeton, 2002). Fitzgerald sent a telegram to Scribner’s telling them of the enormous talent of his friend Hemingway (Crisman, 1998). They sought him out and in 1926, Ernest Hemingway published his first book with Scribner, The Torrents of Spring. Later that year The Sun Also Rises was published with Charles Scribner’s Sons. In 1927, Hemingway wrote and published with Charles Scribner’s Sons Men Without Women. In 1929, Hemingway published A Farewell to Arms with Charles Scribner’s Sons.