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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

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About This Item

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition, Second Printing. First edition, second printing - with the Scribner's Seal but lacking the "A" on the copyright page. Measures approximately 8.25" x 5.75", with 140 numbered pages. With its original dust jacket.

The book is in very good plus condition. Minor sun-fading to the spine and boards. Minor staining to the edges of the textblock. Minor staining to the endsheets. Textblock is bright and well preserved. Dust jacket is in very good minus condition. Moderate chipping to the spine ends and flap folds. Original $3.00 price present on the front flap.

"The Old Man and the Sea" was the final novel written and published during Hemingway's lifetime. Written in 1951, it was first published in Life magazine in the fall of 1952. The first edition was published in 1952, with a print run of 50,000 copies. "The Old Man and the Sea" is the story of an aging fisherman who sets off to end his unlucky fishing streak. What ensues is an epic battle between the fisherman and a gigantic Marlin. It is a story of strength and struggle, respect and fear, contemplation and acceptance. This novella won Ernest Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. It is a literary masterpiece written by one of America's greatest writers.

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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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On Mar 6 2014, a reader said:
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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Bookseller
Ernestoic Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
4838
Title
The Old Man and the Sea
Author
Ernest Hemingway
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
First Edition, Second Printing
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1952

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