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Out today at book retailers everywhere: the paperback edition of Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises. It 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 fascinating figures of Hemingway’s world in their own words, and brings 1920s Paris, Pamplona, and New York City alive in a rich and unprecedented way.
Reviewers have lauded Everybody Behaves Badly as “essential … a page-turner,” “magnificently reported,” “fiendishly readable,” “riveting,” and “the best book on Hemingway in Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The book became New York Times best seller shortly after its publication, and has sold foreign editions around the world. It has also been optioned for development as a television series.
Ms. 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.
Read more about about Everybody Behaves Badly here — now available in hardcover, paperback, audio book, and e-book formats at bookstores and via online retailers everywhere.