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Key West HemingwayA Reassessment$
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Kirk Curnutt and Gail Sinclair

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033556

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033556.001.0001

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Letters and Literary Tourism

Letters and Literary Tourism

Hemingway as Your Key West Correspondent in “The Sights of Whitehead Street”

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Key West Hemingway

E. Stone Shiflet

Kirk Curnutt

University Press of Florida

This chapter offers a historical-rhetorical analysis of one specific Esquire contribution, “The Sights of Whitehead Street,” in which Hemingway went to farcical extremes to decry his newfound status as a local tourist attraction. Published in April 1935, “The Sights of Whitehead Street” is only one of four entries subtitled “A Key West Letter.” In keeping with other Esquire articles, Hemingway dramatizes himself as “Your Correspondent.” And yet, given the absurd extremes of his fictionalizing, the effect of the direct address in “Sights” differs from the rest of the pieces.

Keywords:   Esquire, farcical extremes, Ernest Hemingway, Key West, fictionalizing

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