The Old Man and the Sea
NY, Scribner, 1952. The last of Hemingway's books published in his lifetime, a novella that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and earned him, two years later, the Nobel Prize for literature: while no single work earns a Nobel Prize, OMATS "redeemed" Hemingway sufficiently after the disastrous critical response to his previous novel, Across the River and Into the Trees, that he was able to again be considered for his overall body of work, which included his earlier classics like The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. A short novel that has been characterized as a fable, it deals with a Cuban fisherman's struggles to land a giant marlin that he has hooked, and reflects Hemingway's concern for life as a struggle of man against nature, including his own nature. Pictorial bookplate front flyleaf; near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with light edge wear and rubbing to the spine folds. [#030735] $750
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