Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyWhat Lessons Can We Learn From The Old Man and the Sea?

  • Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:00:00    Permalink

    The Old Man and the Sea has a special prominence in the Ernest Hemingway canon. Published as the final complete work before his death, it was met with tremendous acclaim. Featured in the September 1, 1952 issue of Life magazine, it was sold to the tune of five million copies in only a couple of days. That same year, it won the Pulitzer. Two years later, the novella was to be used in explanation of Hemingway's winning of the Nobel Prize, citing its “mastery of the art of narrative.” The famously fastidious Vladimir Nabokov was even an admirer. Though he dismissed Hemingway as a writer of “bells, bulls, and balls,” the author of Lolita couldn’t help but admit his appreciation for the author’s “fish story."

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