Let the pressure build

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Writer Lesley M. M. Blum author of Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises

Even the greats find it hard to begin with…

In March 1934, Vanity Fair ran a mischievous editorial: a page of Ernest Hemingway paper dolls, featuring cutouts of various famous Hemingway personas. On display: Hemingway as a toreador, clinging to a severed bull’s head; Hemingway as a brooding, café-dwelling writer (four wine bottles adorn his table, and a waiter is seen toting three more in his direction); Hemingway as a bloodied war veteran. “Ernest Hemingway, America’s own literary cave man,” declared the caption. “Hard-drinking, hard-fighting, hard-loving—all for art’s sake.”

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