The Old Man and the Sea was released in 1952 and was the last work to be released in Hemingway’s lifetime. After its release it won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature. It is the distillation of many of the themes Hemingway probed throughout his career—namely grace and fortitude in the face of defeat, but also the nobility of the natural world.
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba, the story follow the aged fisherman Santiago and his fight to land the greatest Marlin he has ever encountered.
This first Book Club Edition was released by publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1952 and copyrighted the same year by Ernest Hemingway. "True first editions" of this novella (and all of the first printings of Scribner's first editions for that matter) feature a letter "A" on the copyright page and are regularly sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and this first printing of the Book Club Edition—which was released in the same year as the "true first"—can cause confusion as it similarly features the letter "A" on the copyright page. There are a few characteristics to help differentiate the two: the lack of the Scribner's seal on the copyright page being one, and also the small embossment located on the bottom right corner of the back cover. The first Book Club Edition remains a great addition to anyone's library,and is still valuable to collectors, but it is not a true first edition/first printing of the novella.
This copy is in pretty good shape, with a tight binding and unmarked pages. There little bit of foxing, but otherwise it is great. The dust jacket is in rougher shape with lots of tears and splits, but I tried to rig it to hold together with some tape on the underside, and it also has been re-covered with a mylar protective jacket, so its now good to at least stay in its current condition.
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