"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": First Edition of The Old Man and the Sea; Inscribed by Him

  • The Old Man and the Sea.

The Old Man and the Sea.

Item Number: 4624

New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952.

First edition. Octavo, original light blue cloth. Inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on the front free endpaper. Near fine with some offsetting to the front endpaper in a near fine first issue dust jacket with some wear to the spine extremities. Rare signed and inscribed.

Upon its publication in 1952 by Charles Scribner's Sons, 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.