Hemingway’s Key West Band of Brothers

James H. Meredith

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’s Key West Band of Brothers

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This chapter explores the sociohistorical backdrop of the federal work camp that was obliterated in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, killing nearly 300 displaced World War I veterans. Contrasting the depiction of these men in Hemingway's acidic New Deal indictment “Who Murdered the Vets?” to To Have and Have Not, the discussion questions why, if Hemingway was as outraged by the former soldiers' deaths as his article insists, he would depict the men farcically in the novel.

Keywords: Labor Day; World War I; New Deal; Ernest Hemingway; former soldiers

Chapter.  9713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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