Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Key West HemingwayA Reassessment$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

Only in Key West

Only in Key West

Hemingway’s Fortunate Isle

(p.44) 3 Only in Key West
Key West Hemingway

Lawrence R. Broer

University Press of Florida

This chapter counterintuitively argues that, more than other Hemingway haunts, Key West “harmonized tensions within his complex nature,” allowing him to strike a balance between the “conflicting roles with which he struggled all his adult life: those of artist as husband and father, artist as friend, and artist as man of action.” Hemingway's halcyon island life ended gradually rather than precipitously. The great hurricane of 1935 played its part. The destruction of the Florida East Coast Railway and creation of the new Overseas Highway marked the end of the isolation he cherished. Hemingway's Key West legacy had been solidly established—twelve years during which he had produced seven books, acquired the Pilar and the house on Whitehead Street, and enjoyed an African safari and frequent visits to Europe. In Cuba, he would continue fishing the blue waters of the Gulf Stream.

Keywords:   Hemingway haunts, Key West, Cuba, Gulf Stream, Whitehead Street

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .