EVERYBODY BEHAVES BADLY By Lesley M.M. Blume

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The blockbuster New York Times bestseller by Lesley M.M. Blume in hardcover:

Summer, 1925 Twenty-five-year-old Ernest Hemingway descended upon Pamplona, Spain, for its infamous annual bullfight fiesta with a tempestuous entourage in tow, including a femme fatale British aristocrat, a brash, handsome heir who hailed from two of New York’s great Jewish fortunes, one of America’s most celebrated comedic writers, and a down-on-his-luck childhood friend with a penchant for cynical wit.  The holiday quickly spiraled into a morass of sexual rivalry, gory spectacle, brutal hangovers, and black eyes – and gave Hemingway the material he desperately needed to make his breakthrough as a novelist.
Over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip’s maelstrom into his groundbreaking debut novel, The Sun Also Rises. Upon the release of this revolutionary work — which essentially recast all of that bad behavior as high literature — Hemingway was crowned the voice of his “lost” generation and the leader of the modernist movement in fiction, an honorific that still belongs to him today.

In June 2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released Blume’s biography Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, the first book to tell the full story behind Hemingway’s earliest published novel and how it propelled him to enduring international fame.  This myth-breaking account portrays the fascinating figures of Hemingway’s world in their own words, and brings 1920s Paris, Pamplona, and New York City alive in a rich and unprecedented way.

Reviewers have lauded Everybody Behaves Badly as “essential … a page-turner,” “magnificently reported,” “fiendishly readable,” “riveting,” and “the best book on Hemingway in Paris since A Moveable Feast.”  The book became New York Times best seller shortly after its publication, and has sold foreign editions around the world, including in Germany, Russia, and China.

It has also been optioned for development as a television series.

Blume culled countless letters, interviews, essays, long-out-of-print memoirs, archives, and interviewed dozens of descendants of the characters’ prototypes and the historical icons who played a vital role in bringing The Sun Also Rises to life — including family members and friends of Hemingway, Jazz Age oracle F. Scott Fitzgerald, redoubtable editor Maxwell Perkins, humorist Donald Ogden Stewart, and many others.  She shows how The Sun Also Rises not only immediately defined a generation, but colored the lives of the book’s unwitting prototypes forever.

The book also explores how Hemingway carefully, relentlessly built his own public persona during this period, which has arguably remained one of America’s most successful cultural exports.  At heart, Everybody Behaves Badly is the story of how Hemingway became Hemingway.

 

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