KEY WEST, Fla. — Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home, where the American author lived in the 1930s, has been designated a literary landmark.

Hemingway, who lived in the Spanish-colonial home with his second wife, Pauline, and two sons, owned the property until his death in 1961. It became a museum in 1964.

He worked on many of his best-known manuscripts in the Key West property’s second-story writing studio.

“He lived here only nine years, but wrote 70 percent of his lifetime works in that nine-year period,” said Dave Gonzales of the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Among them were “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and the Key West-based “To Have and Have Not,” Hemingway’s only novel set in the United States.

“This is a recognition long overdue,” said author Les Standiford, who presented the designation.

The designation is conferred by a division of the American Library Association. The Hemingway home is Key West’s eighth literary landmark. Others include homes of Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Bishop.


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