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Spotlight: The Old Man and the Sea

Spotlight: The Old Man and the Sea, one of Ernest Hemingway’s most famous works, was published on this date in 1952. Critics praised the novella, which was Hemingway’s last major work of fiction, and he won 1953’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Letters. In 1954, Hemingway was presented with the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”

Quote: “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.” – Ernest Hemingway

Word: mellifluous: smooth and sweet; Hemingway once described William Faulkner as “Old Corndrinking Mellifluous.”

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