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Hemingway Adventure

Chapter 5: Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida, USA 
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Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureIn the late nineteen twenties a gently rising tide of fame was beginning to lap around Ernest Hemingway and he was not altogether happy about it. Paris had changed. There were too many tourists pointing him out on the street. Too many tourists in Paris, period.

He had a new wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, and he wanted to come home, but to somewhere where he would not be bothered. His friend, the writer John Dos Passos, recommended Key West, the southernmost city of the USA.

No more cold European winters, a tolerant, relaxed atmosphere and plenty of deep-sea fishing. On top of all this, Pauline’s rich Uncle Gus lived not far off, in Arkansas. When Ernest and the second Mrs Hemingway arrived in Key West he promised to have a brand new car waiting for them. A generous gift, but not absolutely essential. In 1928 there was no road connecting Key West with the rest of America.

As Hemingway wrote to Dos Passos in February 1929:

‘45 mile water gap still and the County Treasurer absconded with all funds and they’ve closed the schools ­ let alone build the road.’
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  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Chapter 5: Key West, Florida
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Key West, Florida
  • Book page no: 135

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