Lesley M.M. Blume – EVERYONE BEHAVES BADLY: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND HEMINGWAY’S MASTERPIECE THE SUN ALSO RISES
Summer 1925. Twenty-five year-old Ernest Hemingway descended upon Pamplona, Spain, for its infamous annual bullfight fiesta with a tempestuous entourage in tow, including a femme fatale British aristocrat, a brash, handsome heir who hailed from two of New York’s great Jewish fortunes, one of America’s most celebrated comedic writers, and a down-on-his-luck childhood friend with a penchant for cynical wit. The holiday quickly spiraled into a morass of sexual rivalry, gory spectacle, brutal hangovers, and black eyes – and gave Hemingway the material he desperately needed to make his breakthrough as a novelist.
Over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip’s maelstrom into his groundbreaking debut novel, The Sun Also Rises. Upon the release of this revolutionary work — which essentially recast all of that bad behavior as high literature — Hemingway was crowned the voice of his “lost” generation and the leader of the modernist movement in fiction, an honorific that still belongs to him today.
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