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.

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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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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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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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Blume’s Hemingway Bio ‘Everybody Behaves Badly’ to be Released on June 7, 2016

January 1, 2016

EBB COVERIn June 2016, Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release Ms. Blume’s new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises — 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 fascinating 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.

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.

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

For publicity inquiries, please contact Taryn Roeder at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Taryn.Roeder@hmhco.com

Everybody Behaves Badly is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, iBooks, and Hudson Booksellers, and will soon be on shelves at independent booksellers everywhere.

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OUT TODAY: Blume’s new novel for children, JULIA AND THE ART OF PRACTICAL TRAVEL

March 10, 2015

Available today in stores and via online retailers everwhere: Lesley Blume’s new novel for children, Julia and the Art of Practical Travel.  The Wall Street Journal calls the book a “wise and tender story.”  Its characters are “delightful and quirky,” adds the School Library Journal.

JULIA coverHere’s what happens in the book’s pages: When her grandmother dies and the once-majestic family estate is sold, eleven-year-old Julia Lancaster and her aunt Constance take to the road to find Julia’s long-lost mother. They bring with them only the most practical travel things—silver candlestick holders, a few Oriental carpets, some steamer trunks, and Julia’s beloved Brownie camera, which she will use to document their journey across 1960s America.

On the road, Julia and her aunt meet a cast of peculiar characters, including guitar-strumming hippies in Greenwich Village, a legendary voodoo queen in New Orleans, the honorable proprietor of the World’s End Cattle Ranch in Texas, and the colorful sheriff of Gold Point, Nevada (population: 1), who also happens to be the town’s mayor, fire chief, and reverend. But will they find Julia’s mother and a place to call home?

Poignant, engaging, and funny, Blume’s new novel is a meditation on the thin line between being an insider and being an outsider, and the deep-rooted need we all have to find a place where we can feel at home.

BUY THE BOOK: Click here to order Julia and the Art of Practical Travel.

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