Abstract

Touring the Hemingway House in Key West with the author's son Patrick, and drawing on his memories as well as on letters, photos, and the Historic American Buildings Survey, this essay reconstructs life at 907 Whitehead Street during the years of Hemingway's residence there with his wife Pauline and their two young children. Topics covered include the house itself, along with its now-vanished furnishings and works of art; the grounds, including the swimming pool, original plantings, and backyard wildlife; famous guests and the family style of entertainment; staff members who cared for the home; and even the Hemingways' pets (peacocks, not six-toed cats). Along the way, the essay explodes various myths still being told about the house in Key West, and gathers information vital to a more accurate presentation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-4815
Print ISSN
0276-3362
Pages
pp. 8-23
Launched on MUSE
2004-03-09
Open Access
No
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