In the late 1920s, a prominent American writer arrived in Key West. He and his wife came to this Florida backwater to escape chilly winters and to carve out time for writing. Once settled in town, the writer gradually eased into the rhythms of Key West life. He built personal connections and began observing local characters who, in time, would re-emerge in his stories. He liked boats and the outdoors life. He had an inclination toward dangerous adventures and enjoyment of killing animals as well as an ability to convey these sentiments to audiences through popular literature. While in the Keys he would visit sites near and distant, and see places and hear stories that would return in his writing. It was, after all, always about the writing. The year was 1927, and the writer was George Allan England.
""The Most Exotic of Our Cities": Race, Place, Writing, and George Allan England's Key West,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 89:
4, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol89/iss4/6