Only in Key West

Lawrence R. Broer

in Key West Hemingway

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033556
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038353 | DOI:
Only in Key West

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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

Chapter.  5745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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