New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952.
First edition, first issue. [ii], 140 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. "Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." Pale blue cloth with some foxing, spine lettered in silver. First printing, with capital “A” and publisher's device to copyright page. Owner name in ink to upper pastedown. Some offsetting to endpapers from binder's glue; unclipped dust jacket with minor rubbing to spine-ends and light toning to spine panel, one spot to rear of jacket, . Near fine Hanneman A24a. Item #323753
First edition of Hemingway's most popular novel, his last sustained work of fiction in his lifetime. On the bestseller list for half a year, the book no only silenced those who had lambasted Across the River and into the Trees, but earned its author the Pulitzer Price and the Nobel. Hemingway was sure that The Old Man and the Sea would "get rid of the school of criticism that I am through as a writer." John Dos Passos agreed later saying that the phenomenal success of The Old Man and the Sea "was like a magician's stunt."
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