Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises

by Lesley M. M. Blume


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“Brimming, addictive . . . In Everybody Behaves Badly, the party has just begun and the taste of fame is still ripe . . . The Lost Generation [is] restored to reckless youth in living black and white.” — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair
An essential book . . . a page-turner. Blume combines the best aspects of critic, biographer and storyteller . . . and puts the results together with the skill of an accomplished novelist. [This is] a complicated story, told masterfully.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Magnificently reported.” — Gay Talese

In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Pamplona for the infamous running of the bulls. He then channeled that trip’s drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into a novel that redefined modern literature. Lesley Blume tells the full story behind Hemingway’s legendary rise for the first time, revealing how he created his own image as the bull-fighting aficionado, hard-drinking literary genius, and expatriate bon vivant. In all its youth, lust, and rivalry, the Lost Generation is illuminated here as never before.
“Engrossing . . . Drawing on journals, letters, and autobiographies of many members of the artistic circles in which Hemingway moved in the early 1920s, Blume shows how ruthlessly Hemingway betrayed his mentors, skewered his friends in his fiction, and sought to advance his career at all costs.” — Boston Globe
 Fascinating . . . compulsively readable.” — Houston Chronicle


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544944435
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 195,138
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 4.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LESLEY M. M. BLUME is an award-winning journalist, reporter, and cultural historian. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has appeared in Vogue, Town & Country, Departures, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note viii

Introduction ix

Part I

1 Paris Is a Bitch 3

2 Storming Olympus 19

3 Fortuitous Disasters 33

4 Let the Pressure Build 47

5 Bridges to New York 61

Part II

6 The Catalysts 79

7 Eve in Eden 99

8 The Knock Out 111

9 Breach Season 127

10 Dorothy Parser's Scotch 147

11 Kill or Be Killed 159

Part III

12 How Happy Are Kings 191

13 Sun, Risen 213

Epilogue 223

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 245

Text Permission Credits 321

Photo Credits 323

Index 325

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