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  Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961) was an American author, and a brand of manly man rarely seen these days. A womanizer, a heavy drinker, a hunter and a sport fisherman, Hemingway loved adventure, the outdoors, and a challenge. While in the South of Florida, I recently had the opportunity to visit his home in Key West, where he composed some of his most famous works.

During my visit I saw a portion of Hemingway's collection of books (including John Steinbeck's The Long Valley, From Jungle Roots by Marcos Spinelli, and Cranberry Red by E.B. Garside), and the furniture and house he and his second wife called home for eight years. From Key West's largest residential swimming pool to the legions of cats that live on the grounds, Hemingway Home provided insight into the man and mind behind The Sun Also Rises, as well as a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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