Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 246 pages
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Hemingway's last work published during his lifetime remains one of his most popular and best known. A man's symbolic quest to land the catch of a lifetime engages classic themes of the human struggle against nature as well as explores the intersection of expectation and desire. Filled with fresh essays about the book, the new edition of this invaluable literary guide features a bibliography and notes on the essay contributors, as well as an introductory essay by master scholar Harold Bloom.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Later Novels
5
The Culmination
31
Hemingway and the Aesthetics of Failure
53
The Angler
69
Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea and Faulkners The Bear
81
Up to the End
95
Psychology
109
Gendering La Mar in The Old Man and the Sea
153
Big TwoHearted River and The Old Man and the Sea
179
Ernest Hemingway Derek Walcott and Old Men of the Sea
213
Chronology
225
Contributors
229
Bibliography
231
Acknowledgments
235
Index
237

A Taoist Reading of The Old Man and the Sea
125
The Existentialist Agon in Camuss The Myth of Sisyphus and Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea
143

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Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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