New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First edition. Book Near Fine with a previous owner's name on the front end paper and faint erasure marks on the free end paper. In a Near Fine dust jacket with a small snag on the front panel and faint toning, particularly on the spine, but generally an excellent copy overall.
The final work of fiction published in the author's lifetime, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and cited by the Nobel Prize Committee, "The Old Man and the Sea" cemented Hemingway's legacy as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and would turn him into a household name. The story follows the tribulations of an aging and suddenly unlucky fisherman, Santiago, as he tries to catch a gigantic marlin in the Straits of Florida. Hemingway wanted to show the simple dignity and biblical nature of Santiago’s trials – and succeeded mightily. The book was originally published in full in an issue of Life Magazine, which subsequently sold 5 million copies in less than a week.
“No outbursts of spite or false theatricalism impede the smooth rush of its narrative. Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else.” (Contemporary New York Times Review) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1854)