The Key West Reader features 25 of the most insightful and entertaining works that resonate from Key West: an edited collection of the finest literary and poetic works about Key West or from writers who lived in, or were touched by their time in, the Florida island community. It is said that Key West hosts more writers per capita than any other place in the world. Whether that is a statistical truth or just a civic mood, it captures the reality that this is a Place, an Inspiration.
Some of the great writers in this fun anthology, for tourists and fans of literature alike, include Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Stephen Crane, Robert Frost, Joy Williams, John Hersey, Elizabeth Bishop, Hunter S. Thompson, John Dos Passos, and Alison Lurie.
Now presented in a quality digital format from Quid Pro, it includes active Table of Contents, proper formatting of text and poetry, and an explanatory introduction by the editor, George Murphy. Visitors to the island have routinely purchased this work from local gift shops and bookstores, or it has been ordered nationwide; now it can be easily downloaded in a proper eBook edition. As Island Life reviewed it:
“The Key West Reader is a spectacular collection…. So many diverse writers sharing one thing in common, the Island of Key West, where each, in his or her own way, left their mark. It is consistently readable and a constant source of fascination that this tiny island city could be the source of so many fine pieces of writing… Particularly notable is the rare essay “Who Killed the Vets,” Ernest Hemingway’s first-hand account of the 1935 hurricane (still the strongest in recorded history)….”
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ISBN 978-1-61027-157-8 (eBook)
ASIN B009Y6OMIM (Kindle)
Full title: The Key West Reader: The Best of Key West’s Writers, 1830-1990
Also available in paperback edition from Tortugas, Ltd., the original publisher of this book. This is an authorized eBook republication of a collection edited and introduced by George E. Murphy, Jr. Murphy for many years edited Tendril, a literary magazine. His other books include Rounding Ballast Key (a poetry collection also available as an eBook from Quid Pro), The Poet’s Choice: 100 American Poets Favorite Poems, The Editor’s Choice: Best American Short Stories (Vols I-IV, Bantam), and (with Paul Mariani) Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and Bread Loaf and was awarded the first Shaw Award from Boston College for Outstanding Contributions to American Literature.