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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Following the Fish, Hemingway in Key West

21-April from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’.

Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.
Topic: Following the Fish | Hemingway in Key West

Ernest Hemingway, who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s, immersed himself in Florida Keys game fishing and did much to popularize it among fellow writers, readers and sportsmen.  His angling exploits are showcased in the latest Happy Hour with the Historian, ‘Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West’.

The talk spotlights the late author’s conservation activities, an intriguing counterpoint to his well-known passion for boating giant marlin, tuna and other prey in a pursuit likened to oceanic big game hunting.  When he wasn’t penning literary classics, Hemingway plied the waters between Key West and Cuba aboard his 38-foot fishing boat, Pilar.  Encounters with finned prey found their way into his books from To Have and Have Not, set in Depression-era Key West, to the Nobel Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea.

“What the talk endeavors to do is show that, while Hemingway is perceived as an aggressive personality, he did have a vested interest in safeguarding the fish populations in the Florida Straits,” said Cori Convertito, historian. “By inviting scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences to visit this region with the intention to study marlin, tuna and other species, Hemingway demonstrated his true preservationist disposition.”

Happy Hour with the Historian is sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust.


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