To Have and Have Not


Author: Ernest Hemingway

9780099909002 | PB | pp. 186 | 2004 | Penguin Random House

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway tells the story of a fisherman forced to make a hard, risky decisions due to economic hardship.

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Influenced in equal parts by the Great Depression, and the Marxist ideology that fuelled the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War (on which Hemingway is reporting at the time), it is a blunt exploration of one man’s struggles with economic hardships, the circumstances into which he is forced, and the decisions he is forced to make.

One of his first novels set in the Western Hemisphere, To Have and Have Not tells the story of a fisherman forced by economic circumstances to run contraband from Cuba to the United States. It is a complex and layered narrative, combining two previously written short stories with a new novella.

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Ernest Hemingway




Penguin Random House





Year of Publication:





New , paper shows signs of age

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author (1899–1961) was born in Illinois and began his career as a reporter before enlisting as an ambulance driver at the Italian front in World War I. Hemingway and his first (of four) wives lived in Paris in the 1920s, as part of the “Lost Generation” expatriate community, before moving to Key West, Florida, and later to Cuba. Known first for short stories, he sealed his literary reputation with his novels, including The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.


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