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Letters and Literary Tourism

E. Stone Shiflet and Kirk Curnutt

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033556.003.0015
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This chapter offers a historical-rhetorical analysis of one specific Esquire contribution, “The Sights of Whitehead Street,” in which Hemingway went to farcical extremes to decry his newfound status as a local tourist attraction. Published in April 1935, “The Sights of Whitehead Street” is only one of four entries subtitled “A Key West Letter.” In keeping with other Esquire articles, Hemingway dramatizes himself as “Your Correspondent.” And yet, given the absurd extremes of his fictionalizing, the effect of the direct address in “Sights” differs from the rest of the pieces.

Keywords: Esquire; farcical extremes; Ernest Hemingway; Key West; fictionalizing

Chapter.  7812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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