The Washington Post Selects ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ as a 2016 Notable Book

November 17, 2016

The Washington Post has designated Ms. Blume’s new book, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises – a Notable Nonfiction Book for 2016.

In its review of Everybody Behaves Badly, the Post called the book “fiendishly readable” and “a deeply, almost obsessively researched biography of a book, supported by a set of superb endnotes worth reading in their own right.”

Everybody Behaves Badly documents the real-life people and events that inspired Hemingway’s debut novel, and is, at heart, the story of how Hemingway became Hemingway.

Read the Washington Post‘s full list of Notable Nonfiction Books here.

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Upcoming BOSTON Event: Blume to Discuss ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ at JFK Library & Museum

October 11, 2016

At 6 PM on October 20, 2016, Ms. Blume will discuss her recently-released New York Times bestseller Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, with Susan Beegel, former editor in chief of The Hemingway Review, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The conversation will take place on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the debut of The Sun Also Rises, first released on October 22, 1926.

JFK is home to the formidable Ernest Hemingway Collection, the most comprehensive Hemingway archive in existence.  Read about the history of the collection here.

The Collection is currently hosting a special exhibition, Ernest Hemingway – Between Two Wars, which overlaps with the period covered in Ms. Blume’s book.

Click here to register for the free event.

Event location: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston MA 02125

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Upcoming WASHINGTON, DC Event: Blume to Discuss ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ with ABC News Correspondent John Donvan at Politics & Prose

July 23, 2016

At 5 PM on July 31, 2016, Ms. Blume will discuss her just-released New York Times bestseller Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, with award-winning journalist and author John Donvan at Politics & Prose bookstore in Dupont Circle.

Blume and Donvan — former colleagues from ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel — will talk about Hemingway’s genesis from reporter to his generation’s preeminent prose writer. They will also discuss Blume’s own journalistic approach when researching and writing Everybody Behaves Badly.

Blume will sign books afterwards.

Event location: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

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‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ Debuts on New York Times Best seller List

July 14, 2016

Ms. Blume’s new book, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, has debuted on The New York Times‘ best seller list, landing at no. 8 on its roster of best-selling culture books for July.

Released on June 7 by Eamon Dolan Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Everybody Behaves Badly documents the real-life events that inspired Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises.  At heart, it is the story of how Hemingway became Hemingway.

Lauded by critics, the book has been called “fiendishly readable” (The Washington Post), “an essential book” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), “addictive” (James Wolcott, Vanity Fair), and even the “best book on Hemingway in Paris since A Moveable Feast” (Charles Scribner III).

It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at independent booksellers everywhere.

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BLUme Discusses ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ on PBS NewsHour

July 2, 2016

From the PBS NewsHour transcript, July 1, 2016:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: another addition to our summer reading list.  It is a look at the origins of one of American literature’s finest works by one of our most celebrated writers.  Recently, Jeffrey Brown talked with journalist and cultural historian Lesley M.M. Blume about her new book, “Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.”

JEFFREY BROWN: Lesley Blume, welcome to you.

LESLEY M.M. BLUME, Author, “Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises”: Thank you.

JEFFREY BROWN: This is interesting that the picture on the cover is a little unusual, but the picture on the cover is actually the starting point for you to this whole endeavor.

LESLEY M.M. BLUME: Yes.

So, I was researching another project, and I came across this very enticing photograph of Hemingway with a very attractive and mischievous-looking group of people around the cafe table in Pamplona in 1925. And there was a woman —

JEFFREY BROWN: Pamplona, Spain, right.

LESLEY M.M. BLUME: I’m sorry: Pamplona, Spain, where they were all gathered for the annual San Fermin bull-fighting festival. And the woman who was sitting next to Hemingway was this sort of, like, glamorous woman, and she had a sort of coquettish look on her face. And I was immediately intrigued by her.

JEFFREY BROWN: Who’s that and what’s her story?

LESLEY M.M. BLUME: Exactly.  And it turned out that she — her name was Lady Duff Twysden, and she was the real-life inspiration behind Lady Brett Ashley in Hemingway’s debut novel, “The Sun Also Rises.” I have long been a Lost Generation obsessive, but I hadn’t realized that that she had been — that Lady Brett Ashley had been drawn from real life. And I wanted to learn more, so I looked for a compelling book that would tell me the real life backstory behind “The Sun Also Rises,” and I didn’t find one.

JEFFREY BROWN: Right. You couldn’t find one, so you decided to do it?

LESLEY M.M. BLUME: I wrote it.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE TRANSCRIPT AND WATCH THE SEGMENT.

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Upcoming LOS ANGELES Event: Blume to Discuss ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ with James L. Brooks at Book Soup

June 23, 2016

At 7 PM on June 29, 2016, Ms. Blume will discuss her just-released book, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, with Oscar-winning writer, director, and producer James L. Brooks at Book Soup in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Blume and Brooks will talk about how Hemingway became an international creative and lifestyle icon, and how his influence has affected generations of writers. They will also discuss Hemingway’s writing process, and Blume’s own writing approach when researching and writing Everybody Behaves Badly.

Blume will sign books afterwards.

Event location: 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Blume Discusses ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ on National Public Radio

June 6, 2016

From the NPR transcript, Weekend Edition, June 4, 2016:

“SCOTT SIMON: Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises has never been out of print since it was published in 1926 and is universally acclaimed a masterpiece. A few Americans and British ex-pats take a trip to Spain to see the bullfights. They spend the road trip getting drunk, seeing pointless gore, sleeping with and turning on each other to become symbols of what Hemingway’s friend Gertrude Stein christened the lost generation that found no meaning in life after the mass losses of World War I.

“It’s the novel that made Hemingway a huge literary force — admired, mocked and imitated to this day. But the characters he brought to life were already alive – people close to Hemingway who made that trip to Spain just the year before.

“Lesley M. M. Blume, a contributor to Vanity Fair, Vogue and The Wall Street Journal, has written the story of the actual trip that led to the literary one – Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.  Lesley M. M. Blume joins us from NPR West in Culver City, Calif. Thanks so much being with us.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW.

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Early Reviews are Coming in for ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’

June 4, 2016

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Vanity Fair publishes exclusive advance excerpt of ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’

May 12, 2016

Vanity Fair has published an exclusive excerpt of Lesley Blume’s upcoming biography, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.

Everybody Behaves Badly is 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 larger-than-life figures of Hemingway’s world in their own words, and brings 1920s Paris, Pamplona, and New York City alive in a rich, rollicking, and unprecedented way.  It has been called “the best book about Hemingway’s Paris since A Moveable Feast” (- Charles Scribner III), “magnificently reporter” (- Gay Talese), and “riveting” (- Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The premise of the book was originally conceived as a possible article for Vanity Fair, to which Blume is a regular contributor, but was immediately expanded into a book instead. It will be released by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 7.

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.

Click here to read the full excerpt.

 

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Upcoming Event: Writer Gay Talese to Discuss ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ with Ms. Blume at McNally Jackson Books in NYC

May 10, 2016

At 8 PM on June 8, 2016, Ms. Blume will discuss her upcoming biography, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, with writer and journalist Gay Talese at the McNally Jackson Books in New York City.

Blume and Talese will give a talk about how Hemingway became an international creative and lifestyle icon, and how his influence has affected generations of writers.  Blume will sign books afterwards.

Gay Talese is a bestselling author who has written eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other national publications.

Event location: 52 Prince Street, NY, NY, 10012

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