Easton Press, 1990 First Easton Press edition. Inscribed by Gregorio Fuentes, the inspiration for the book's protagonist, and Jose Luis Herrera Sotolongo, Hemingway's physician and close friend. Publisher's full blue morocco with three raised bands to spine, boards decorated in gilt and in green with pattern of fish swimming through water, sand-colored silk endpapers, matching silk marker present, all edges gilt, publisher's blank bookplate laid in. A fine copy. The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most popular and widely acclaimed novels and the winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Additionally, The Old Man and the Sea is accredited with being a major contributor to Hemingway's 1954 awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. The plot tells of elderly protagonist Santiago, a fisherman, and his struggle with a giant Marlin off the coast of Havana, Cuba. Metaphorically, it is the story of Hemingway's own struggle to continue to write and preserve his art in spite of his fame and the cost it has taken on his mental and physical health; like Santiago who had not caught a fish in months, Hemingway had not written a novel since over a decade prior. This award-winning novel was Hemingway's last significant piece of writing before his death in 1961. This book comes from the library of the late Dr. David Bregman, a surgeon and avid fisherman who mistakenly crossed into Cuban waters on a fishing trip in the 1980's and found himself briefly in the custody of Cuban authorities. After the Cuban government learned of his renown as a surgeon, he was invited to return to the country as a guest of Fidel Castro to give lectures to medical students. Throughout Bregman's fishing exploits, he became familiar with Gregorio Fuentes, the captain of the boat that previously belonged to Ernest Hemingway, the Pilar. Bregman, whose own boat was the same model as the Pilar, brought parts from the United States and helped Fuentes restore it. Fuentes, along with Fidel Castro, and Hemingway's close friend and physician, presented Bregman with several books from his own library, which were first given to Fuentes by Hemingway himself.. Illus. by Tunnicliffe, C.F.; Sheppard, Raymond. Hard. Fine. (Inventory #: EH212)
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