Ernest Hemingway was one of my first literary heroes when I was becoming interested in literature when I was in high school and at college. As a result, I read almost all of his output including some books about him such as the biography, Papa Hemingway by A.E. Hotchner. A Moveable Feast, which is an autobiography of the same time is also a favorite. In the past when teaching Reading Literature at Meiji University I had used some of his short stories and the novels The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea as content. Recently at TWCU, I use a Hemingway short story as the text for the American Literature section of the Sophomore Reading and Writing class I teach (in the past I have used "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and this year I am using "Hills Like White Elephants"). So I was very much primed to like Lesley M.M. Blume's literary biography Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises (2016). Blume has done an excellent job of researching and using the sources effectively to show how the book came into fruition. The down side is that Hemingway comes off as kind of a dick. Kind of hard to know where to begin, I guess using your friends as thinly veiled versions of themselves as subjects of your first novel is up there. But I think his biggest "dick" move was to write a satire (The Torrents of Spring which I now feel compelled to read) of his mentor and champion Sherwood Anderson and use it as leverage to get out of a contract that he realized was not advantageous to him. Then there's the open secret affair he was having with Pauline Pfeiffer, after his first wife Hadley was financially supporting him while writing his first novel and keeping house and raising his son. He kills all his idols, Gertrude Stein also gets trash talked as well as most of his literary friends and rivals John Dos Passo, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. That being said, I found it to be a fascinating and entertaining story of the birth of a masterpiece. I think the short stories and The Sun Also Rises are the best things Hemingway wrote and that he was the most influential writer stylistically since Mark Twain in American literature.