Why <i>Esquire</i>?

John J. Fenstermaker

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:
Why Esquire?

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This chapter refutes the critical commonplace that Hemingway's Esquire contributions suffer from an excessively macho presentation, insisting instead that the author crafted several different personae, including “teacher, insider, sportsman, celebrity, connoisseur, and artist.” Hemingway's Esquire canon exhibits and justifies a lifestyle and a career. It does so through the multiple voices of a complexly nuanced persona often very close to the “real” Ernest Hemingway. His key public testament in the decade of his greatest productivity, deepest personal growth, and widest range of self-expression, the Esquire essays merit continuing attention and a premier position among Hemingway's published writing during the Key West years.

Keywords: macho presentation; Hemingway's persona; Key West; Esquire

Chapter.  5465 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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