The Hemingway Bibliography


Reading Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea: Glossary and Commentary

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Sylvester, Bickford, Larry Grimes, and Peter L. Hays, eds. Reading Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”: Glossary and Commentary. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2018.


Annotates and critically comments on unfamiliar and obscure details and allusions to provide a comprehensive guide to the people, places, things, events, and other references found in the novella. The authors’ close reading, beginning with the opening dedication and closing with the novella’s ironic ending on the tourist’s ignorance, explicates important themes and symbols from the theological to the ecological. Entries are arranged chronologically as they appear in the text and correspond to the page numbers of Scribner’s 1995 paperback edition so that readers can easily consult the guide as they read. The introduction surveys the novella’s composition and publication history, contemporary critical reception, and important scholarship over the decades. General readers and scholars alike will appreciate the thoroughness and helpfulness of this close reading. Includes index.



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