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‘Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated’

The Old Man and the Sea.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952.

Price: $3,600.00

About the item

First edition, first issue, with capital “A” and publisher's device to copyright page. [ii], 140 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. ‘Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated’. Sea blue full cloth boards, Hemingway's signature blind-stamped at front board. Unclipped dust jacket with $3.00 price and Hemingway portrait with some chipping to foot of spine, some rubbing and creasing around edges, some marks to edges of boards, very good. Hanneman A24a.

Item #368682

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"