Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Harper


Ernest Hemingway's celebrated novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, along with the successful motion picture version, introduced millions of Americans to a nation which had not been widely exploited in their literature since the days of Washington Irving. But in 1940, when this novel appeared, few readers are more than dimly aware that it was only a small, if distinguished, part of a considerable body of writing inspired by the tragic events in Spain between 1936 and 1939. Far more than a local conflict, the Spanish civil war was a catalyst to intellectual and literary activity throughout the Western World, and especially in England and the United States.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of English University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1958 M. Jean Bressler.

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