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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Upcoming Event: Lesley Blume and writer Adam Gopnik to Discuss “Everybody Behaves Badly” at NYC’s 92nd Street Y

May 9, 2016

At 7 PM on June 7, 2016, Ms. Blume will discuss her upcoming biography, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Blume will discuss with Gopnik the explosive landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend of the death-courting, bull-fighting aficionado; a hard-drinking, short-fused literary genius; and an expatriate bon vivant. They will discuss how the inner circle of the Lost Generation still influences what we read and how we think about youth, sex, love and excess.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles and reporting from abroad. He has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. The New Yorker‘s Paris Correspondent from 1995-2000, Gopnik has written extensively about life in France and has particular knowledge of the “Lost Generation” era in Paris and New York’s publishing scene in the 1920s and ’30s.

Event location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St.

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‘EVERYBODY BEHAVES BADLY’ IS “RIVETING,” SAYS PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

February 8, 2016

In an early review, Publishers Weekly has given Blume’s upcoming Hemingway biography, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, a starred review:

“In this revealing new study, Blume shows that a series of competing internal and external pressures helped birth Hemingway’s now-legendary debut roman à clef, The Sun Also Rises … [she] has carved a mountain of original research into a riveting tale of Hemingway’s literary, romantic, and publishing travails.”

Everybody Behaves Badly will be released on June 7, 2016 by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of The Sun Also Rises.

Read the whole Publishers Weekly review here.

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The Hollywood Reporter calls ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ a “Hot Property”

January 29, 2016

THR cover Jan 29 2015In its Sundance issue, The Hollywood Reporter picked Blume’s upcoming Hemingway biography, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, as one of two hot literary properties creating a stir in Hollywood right now.

To be released on June 7, 2016 by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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.

United Talent Agency is representing film rights for the book.

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