FIRST British EDITION OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
The Old Man and the Sea.
Item Number: 102788
London: Johnathan Cape, 1952.
First British edition of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works, which helped earn him the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very sharp example.
Upon its publication in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. The novel reinvigorated Hemingway's literary reputation. It initiated a reexamination of his entire body of work. The novel was received with such alacrity, that it restored many readers' confidence in Hemingway's capability as an author. Indeed, the publisher even wrote on an early dust jacket, calling the novel a "new classic," and it was compared by many critics to such revered works as William Faulkner's "The Bear" and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.