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How much of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is based on real events?

Ernest Hemingway traveled to Madrid in March of 1937 to observe the Spanish Civil war firsthand. He reported on the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. In March 1937, he traveled to ...
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Did Robert Jordan name himself after Hemingway's character?

Unfortunately he did not, though it's a great thought! According to this excerpt from a 1997 interview he did on the DragonCon SciFi Channel Chat (yah, before the name change): ISHAMAEL What made you ...
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How much of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is based on real events?

A real bridge does exist, over the Eresma stream. It's south side housed a small front line republican position, though manned by regular troops, not guerillas. The remains of trenches and living ...

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