[Chicago]: Time Inc, September 1, 1952. First edition. First published appearance of Hemingway's award winning novel The Old Man and the Sea. Original soft-cover wraps stapled at spine. Colors remain bright on covers and throughout. Light rubbing along spine; some wrinkling and foxing to rear. In all, a pleasing copy of this rare piece.
Appearing in life magazine before its separate book publication, The Old Man and the Sea was an immediate American classic. 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 issue of Life Magazine subsequently sold 5 million copies in less than a week. (Item #3020)