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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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Hemingway and Key West Literature

(p.1) Introduction
Key West Hemingway

Kirk Curnutt

University Press of Florida

The essays in this volume originated at the Eleventh Biennial Ernest Hemingway Society Conference. Held at the Casa Marina Hotel in Key West in June 2004, the event was attended by more than 250 Hemingway scholars and aficionados. From the 130 papers presented there, 17 were selected specifically designed to define the contexts in which Hemingway's Key West years are best read. By addressing neglected texts and issues associated with Hemingway's South Florida tenure, this book challenges the commonplace that his 1930s writings are notable mainly for his artistic decline. Instead, these essays demonstrate how the island inspired him to grapple with politics, ethnicity, and literary experimentation as much as Petoskey, Paris, Pamplona, and others did in the more fabled era of ascendance. As the contributors here argue, Hemingway's Key West decade broadened and deepened his artistry in ways that both complicated and compelled his maturation.

Keywords:   Ernest Hemingway, South Florida, literary experimentation, Key West

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