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The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

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Hardcover Cloth 127 pages. Condition Very Good Dust Jacket Fair. Scribner Hudson River Edition reprint 1977. "First edition" not stated on publication page. No Scribner's seal. Full number line on copyright page.

Beautiful blue boards and silver embossing on this Clean, tight, square copy with no marks or highlights. Book Well kept with slight shelf wear, a bump on lower corner of spine. Previous owner's seal embossed on first title page. An unclipped dust jacket is discolored with age and quite worn with tears, scrapes, wrinkles and chips. Not an ex-library, book club or remainder copy.

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this short novel led to Hemingway's Nobel Prize the following year. A short novel, it was the last major work published during Hemingway's lifetime and is widely considered one of his two or three enduring masterpieces.


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
Ernest Hemingway
Hardcover Cloth
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Charles Scribner's Sons
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