In what was an unusual move, the magazine featured the story in its entirety, a week before the book was officially published. The gamble paid off - over 5 million copies of the magaizine sold in the first two days, and the book's first print run of 50,000 copies quickly sold out.
The Old Man and the Sea, which was written during the author's sojourn in Cuba, brought Hemingway the international acclaim he craved - the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in May of that year, and was given special mention when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
"To hell with luck. I'll bring the luck with me."
Ernest Heminway, The Old Man and The Sea, 1952.