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The Old Man and the Sea (the novel)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1952 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953. It is the story of an old fisherman who hooks and battles a giant marlin in a small boat. The old man fights the marlin over a period of days and eventually subdues the giant fish only to have the fish eaten by sharks on the way in.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3515 .E37
  • PZ3 .H3736

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. 1999.

                         Call Number: PS3515 .E37 O5821 1999

  • Szymski, Bonnie (ed.). Readings on The Old Man and the Sea. 1999.

                          Call Number: PS3515 . E37 O520 1999

  • Baker, Carlos. Ernest Hemingway: Critiques of Four Major Novels. 1962.

                        Call Number: PS3515 .E37 Z576

  • Stephens, Robert O. Ernest Hemingway: the Critical Reception. 1977.

                      Call Number: PS3515 .E37 Z5868

  • Mellow, James R. Hemingway: a Life Without Consequences.

                        Call Number: PS3515 .K372 Z74176 1992

--The Old Man and the Sea is also available in the following formats: video (PS3515 .E37 O53 1996) and audio cassette (PS3515 .E37 O4 1976)--

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Old Man and the Sea
  • Hemingway, Ernest
  • Hemingway, Ernest – Criticism and interpretation
  • Hemingway, Ernest – Old man and the sea

Reference Materials

  • Novels for StudentsCall Number: REF PN44 .N937

o   Vol. 6, pg. 195-215

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN77 .C59

o   Vol. 1, pg. 143

o   Vol. 3, pg. 231-34, 237, 241, 243

o   Vol. 6, pg. 227-28, 230-32

o   Vol. 8, pg. 283-85

o   Vol. 10, pg. 264, 267

o   Vol. 13, pg. 273, 275, 278-81

o   Vol. 19, pg. 212, 224

o   Vol. 34, pg. 478

o   Vol. 39, pg. 428, 430

o   Vol. 41, pg. 198, 202, 204

o   Vol. 50, pg 424, 427, 429

o   Vol. 61, pg. 201, 225

o   Vol. 80, pg. 146

  • Critical Survey of Long FictionCall Number: REF PN3321 .C75 2000

o   Vol. 3, pg. 1529-30

o   Vol. 8, pg. 3688

  • Magill’s Survey of American LiteratureCall Number: REF PS21 .M34 2007

o   Vol. 3, pg. 1076-78

  • Masterplots (Revised Second Edition)Call Number: REF PN44 .M33 1996

o   Vol. 8, pg. 4644-47

  • Literature and Its TimesCall Number: REF PN50 .L574 1997

o   Vol. 4, pg. 274-80

  • Short Story Criticism Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 222-250

o   Vol. 36, pg. 242-347

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale

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