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
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.”
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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.
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