The Old Man and the Sea

Finalist, National Book Awards 1953 for Fiction

First edition cover of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea
ISBN 9780684801223
Scribner | Charles Scribner & Sons
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Ernest Hemingway

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The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic. [Scribner]