The September 1, 1952 edition of Life magazine featured a story by Earnest Hemingway titled The Old Man and the Sea. It featured black and white illustrations by Charles Tunnifcliffe and Raymond Sheppard–and sold five million copies in two days.
It’s the story of poor old Santiago, a down-on-his-luck fisherman who’s gone eighty-four days without catching a single fish. He remains undeterred, however–and sets out alone in search of the catch of his life. It’s the story of determination, friendship, and persistence.
The novel received the Pulitzer Prize the following year (May, 1953) and catapulted Hemingway to international success. A fitting end to the work published in his lifetime.
In 1999, Aleksandr Petrov wrote and directed a short oil-on-glass animation based on Hemingway’s tale. It went on to win 13 awards–including an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animation. You can watch Petrov’s take on The Old Man and the Sea, here.