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In this revealing new study Blume shows that a series of competing internal and external pressures helped birth Hemingway’s now legendary debut roman à clef The Sun Also Rises. Blume begins by tracing Hemingway’s dogged path to becoming a published writer. By the time Hemingway and his first wife Hadley arrived in Paris in 1921 he was considered one of the most promising young American authors though he had published only a few short stories. The particulars of the Hemingways’ epic trip to Pamplona Spain with five friends in the summer of 1925—and the romantic entanglements that followed—shed light not only on Hemingway’s early career but also on other stories of the lost generation. After Hemingway refashioned their trip into a novel he focused on a publishing contract for what he firmly believed be a blockbuster sensation. In the subsequent negotiations and editing process Blume reveals F. Scott Fitzgerald played a surprisingly large role. Blume has carved a mountain of original research into a riveting tale of Hemingway’s literary romantic and publishing travails. Agent: Molly Friedrich Friedrich Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
An account of the making of Ernest Hemingwayand#39;s The Sun Also Rises, the larger-than-life people that inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world
The making of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the outsize personalities who inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world
In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town's infamous running of the bulls. Then, over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip's maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises. This revolutionary work redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation. But the full story of Hemingway's legendary rise has remained untold until now. Lesley Blume resurrects the explosive, restless landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend. He made himself into a death-courting, bull-fighting aficionado; a hard-drinking, short-fused literary genius; and an expatriate bon vivant. Blume's vivid account reveals the inner circle of the Lost Generation as we have never seen it before, and shows how it still influences what we read and how we think about youth, sex, love, and excess.
About the Author
LESLEY M. BLUME is an award-winning journalist, reporter, and cultural historian. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has appeared in many other publications, including Vogue, Town and Country, and Departures.andnbsp;She specializes in stories on historical cultural achievements, and has documented seminal moments in the careers of Jackson Pollock, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway, among other greats.
Blume began her journalism career at the Jordan Times in Amman and Cronkite Productions in New York City. She later became an off-air reporter and researcher for ABC Newsand#39;s Nightline with Ted Koppel in Washington, D.C. She holds honors degrees in history from Williams College and Cambridge University. Blume now lives in New York City with her husband, also once a journalist at Nightline; their first date was a bio-chemical warfare training session just before the 2003 Iraq invasion.