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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - First Edition - from The Rare Book Company  (SKU: 310576)

The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

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About This Item

Jonathan Cape, 1952. First UK edition, first printing. Very Good condition with previous owner's name on ffep. Facsimile first issue UK edition dust jacket.

Synopsis

This novella, only 140 pages, was first printed in its entirety in Life Magazine on September 1, 1952. It inspired a buying frenzy - selling over five million copies of the magazine in just two days! The story about an aging Cuban fisherman wrangling a large marlin in the gulf stream was written in 1951 in Cuba and published in 1952. In 1953, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and led to Hemingway's nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Man's struggle against nature is the resounding theme throughout the book as Hemingway portrays Santiago's travails as an experienced fisherman facing a dry-spell of 85 days before finally wrangling a prized marlin. Hemingway also highlights the indomitable spirit of man while illustrating his ideal of manliness and character in the strong and determined fisherman facing danger and discomfort without complaint and with resolution, both in the days it takes Santiago to kill the marlin, and as he fights off the sharks that end up destroying his prized catch before he reaches the coast. Some say that Hemingway's tale is a reflection of his own determination to prove his writing career was not over, and the portrayal of the sharks may echo the critics who had been claiming for the ten years that his writing career, after the successful release of For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1940, was over. The book is dedicated "To Charlie Scribner And To Max Perkins," friends of Hemingway's that had passed away before the book came out. Max Perkins, who also edited F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, died in 1947 and Scribner, who was president of the publisher Charles Scribner's Sons, died in 1952.

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The Old Man and The Sea is an excellent novella for someone to read looking to get away from the troubles of life only to find that some troubles lead to the greatest reward of even though the reward is only a small amount.

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The Rare Book Company US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
310576
Title
The Old Man and the Sea
Author
Ernest Hemingway
Book condition
Used
Quantity-available
1

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About The Rare Book Company

We are a general antiquarian bookshop located in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Business hours are by appointment only (not open to the public). We specialize in modern first editions and other collectible books and work hard to offer a wide selection of items that fit any budget. We are also a large scale print shop and are able to make a wide selection of high-quality facsimile dust jackets. These dust jackets are not for sale and are only offered to compliment books that may no longer have their original jacket, or for books that were never issued one. All facsimile dust jackets are labeled as such - no exceptions.

The Rare Book Company is run by Patrick Mullins. Patrick has been collecting and selling antiquarian books for over 20 years. He earned an English degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, attended The School for Bookbinding Arts, and is a former teacher.

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Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps... [More]
facsimile
An exact copy of an original work. In books, it refers to a copy or reproduction, as accurate as possible, of an original... [More]
ffep
A common abbreviation for Front Free End Paper. Generally, it is the first page of a book and is part of a single sheet that... [More]

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