Everybody Behaves Badly


In between the covers of  Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a gloriously gossipy, compulsively readable account of Hemingway’s early years in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, and the rest of the Lost Generation.  If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is it!


The All-Star cast is re-united here –Sara and Gerald Murphy Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, along with the unforgettable Dorothy Parker, Pablo Picasso and the ever patient editor Maxwell Perkins.


In the book, author Lesley Blume successfully resurrects the restless and incendiary landscape of the 1920s Paris and Spain, where Hemingway helped to create his own legend. He calculatedly transformed himself into a death-defying bullfighting expert; a hard-drinking, hard-wired literary lion; and a bon vivant expatriate.


She also explains how Hemingway turns the wild weeks of bullfighting in Pamplona and the alcohol-filled nights in Paris cafes into The Sun Also Rises. Over the six weeks that Hemingway spent in Pamplona, Spain for the famous running of the bulls, he manages to channel all the reckless behavior –the brawls, the nighttime betrayals, the sexual rivalry and the daytime hangovers – into his groundbreaking novel.

I thing that Vanity Fair Magazine sums it up best.  “In Everybody Behaves Badly, the party has just begun and the taste of fame is still ripe.”

EH-C6143D (photo only) EH passport photo Please credit "Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston"



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  • Mary Toboni
    June 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation! Last summer I became obsessed once again with HEMMINGWAY. After our trip to Africa. I read Hemmingway in love, and his short stories…Hills of Killamajero, and the short life of Francis McComber. The Sun also Rises was a great reminder of my school years in Valencia! Thx for the recommendation! M

  • Jennifer
    June 13, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Mary:
    I know you’ll enjoy it. I’ll bring a copy to Nantucket.

  • Claire Khalil
    July 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Loved the book Jennifer. The only one not behaving badly was Hadley! Now onto a re-read of “The Sun Also Rises”.
    I prefer Fitzgerald to Hemingway. There was a fascinating exhibition of Hemingway at the Morgan library a while back
    with hand written love letter to different women. Boy, when he fell in love, he was truly “over the moon” in love1

    On a lighter note for summer reading I suggest “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld……….a modern day take on “Pride and Prejudice”.