"Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway which gives brief bio on Ernest Hemingway, a description on the book and some symbolism in the story.

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Ernest Hemingway, born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career after graduating from High School as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. He tried to enlist in the army at 18 but was deferred because of poor vision and before the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving at the front, he was wounded, and was awarded a metal by the Italian Government, and spent most of his time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers. In September 1921, he married Hadley Richardson she was one of four other wives that Hemingway would have throughout his life. He had three sons one by Hadley and two by Pfeiffer.

Hemingway was a great sportsman and liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters, tough as nails people in his stories.

At times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith.

Ernest Hemingway produced some of the most important works of 20th century, including the landmark short story collection In our Time (1925) that contained "The Big Two-Hearted River." In 1926 he came out with his first true novel, The Sun Also. In 1929 he published A Farewell to Arms, arguably the finest novel to emerge from World War I. In 1953, he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 1954, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Sadly Hemingway committed suicide on July 2, 1961.

The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life. For eighty-four days, Santiago, an aged Cuban fisherman,