Hemingway, the Left, and Key West

Dan Monroe

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:
Hemingway, the Left, and Key West

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This chapter extends the previous chapter's argument by integrating Hemingway's brief and not wholly persuasive conversion to the radical Left in the mid-1930s into his disdain for Roosevelt's New Deal. During the Depression decade, critics, particularly those on the Left, savaged Hemingway for his alleged indifference to the social catastrophe proceeding around him. Yet Hemingway's work reflects an artist who, though primarily concerned with perfecting his craft and following his own vision, was not indifferent to events or necessarily reluctant to comment on them. His own traditional background and libertarian instincts prompted him to condemn the social welfare schemes of the New Deal, examples of which he witnessed in Key West.

Keywords: Ernest Hemingway; radical Left; Theodore Roosevelt; Depression; social welfare

Chapter.  5176 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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