Understanding The Old Man and the Sea: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding The Old Man and the Sea: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

by Patricia Dunlavy Valenti
     
 

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and specifically cited by the Swedish Academy when Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, The Old Man and the Sea remains one of the author's most beloved works. This casebook helps readers interpret and appreciate the thematic concerns of the novel, as well as the contextual issues it

Overview

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and specifically cited by the Swedish Academy when Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, The Old Man and the Sea remains one of the author's most beloved works. This casebook helps readers interpret and appreciate the thematic concerns of the novel, as well as the contextual issues it explores.

Topic chapters provide information on Cuba, including its natural geography, sociopolitical history, and the ethnic background of its people. A wide variety of primary documents such as interviews and articles, along with charts and illustrations, establish a framework for interdisciplinary study.

One chapter with particular appeal to students deals with Hemingway's treatment of the ethos and issues of baseball and sports. Included are documents pertaining to the Cuban league, the legendary Joe DiMaggio, and a historical perspective of baseball offered by the Director of Research at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame in an original interview conducted for this book. The casebook is completed with contemporary issues, suggestions for oral and written exploration of the novel, and suggested further readings.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This series title explores Ernest Hemingway's classic novella with primary-source documents and from the Cuban socioeconomic and political viewpoints during the late '40s and early '50s. Chapters present background information that is crucial to understanding the book: plot, setting, character, point of view, writing style. Factors affecting Santiago, such as health, poverty, ethnic influences, and life in Cuba before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, are discussed in detail. The chapter on sports includes a "1950 Major-League Baseball Chart," a discussion of Cuban-born athletes, periodical articles from the early '50s, and more. The last section deals with contemporary Cuba and how the current regime would have influenced Hemingway's book. Each chapter includes "Topics for Written or Oral Exploration." A few black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout. A valuable resource.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Undergraduates will be the readers of this companion to the Hemingway classic. Valenti (English, U. of North Carolina, Pembroke) includes chapters on the story's formal characteristics, descriptions of Cuban marine life, historical background to life in Cuba, Cuba's ethnic heritage and culture, discussion of the sports featured in the story, and the impact of an American writer situating an essentially apolitical story in a Communist country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313316319
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Series:
Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

PATRICIA DUNLAVY VALENTI is Professor in the Department of English, Theater, and Languages at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. She is also coordinator of the Graduate Program in English Education there. Her primary area of scholarship is American Literature. Among her publications is To Myself a Stranger, A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (1991).

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