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A Guide to Hemingway’s Key West

Discover a century of island magnetism by walking in the footsteps of a literary legend. The centennial of Ernest Hemingway's initial visit to Key West is approaching, so it is not a surprise that most visitors, along with island residents, find themselves reflecting on the life of the famous author. For a dozen years (1928 until 1940), the resident wordsmith produced a consistent stream of quality work. And in so doing, Hemingway (July 21, 1899-July 2, 1961) solidified his reputation as one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Arguably, these were the most important years of his life; the Hemingway Myth was born, refined and polished in Key West. In retrospect, it redefined the island culture while guaranteeing the author's immortality. Why Key West? What made this juncture in the author's life so meaningful? Was it the weather? Was it the recreation? Or was it the camaraderie? Understanding that creativity, not to mention productivity, required certain elements––components that are unique to each individual—I sought those secrets and put them inside this book.
Visit over seventy Key West locations and walk in Papa's footsteps!