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.