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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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Only in Key West

Only in Key West

Hemingway’s Fortunate Isle

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(p.44) 3 Only in Key West
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Key West Hemingway
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Lawrence R. Broer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033556.003.0004

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

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