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This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for. Norman Mailer Through a kaleidoscope of seemingly fragmented voices, patterns form, giving brilliant definition to the very American tragedy of Edie Sedgwick, a womannot likely to be forgotten after this haunting portrait. "Publishers Weekly" Extraordinary . . . a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated. "The New York Times" An exceptionally seductive biography. . . . You can t put it down. . . . It has novelistic excitement. "Los Angeles Times Book Review" What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better. "The Atlanta Journal & Constitution" There is no more classic summertime read. "New York Magazine""
When Edie was first published in 1982 it quickly became an international best-seller and then took its place among the classic books about the 1960s. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet. She seemed to have it all: she was aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and young, Andy Warhol's superstar. But within a few years she flared out as quickly as she had appeared, and before she turned twenty-nine she was dead from a drug overdose.
In a dazzling tapestry of voices--family, friends, lovers, rivals--the entire meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick's life is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop Art world of the '60s: the sex, drugs, fashion, music--the mad rush for pleasure and fame. All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within--like Edie herself, and like her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the '60s experience in America.
"This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for."--Norman Mailer
"Through a kaleidoscope of seemingly fragmented voices, patterns form, giving brilliant definition to the very American tragedy of Edie Sedgwick, a woman...not likely to be forgotten after this haunting portrait."--Publishers Weekly
"Extraordinary...a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated."--The New York Times
"An exceptionally seductive biography.... You can't put it down.... It has novelistic excitement."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better."--The Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Jean Stein has worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including The Paris Review and Esquire, when it was under the direction of the near-legendary magazine editor Clay Felker. In the 1960s, she moved to Washington, D.C. where, through her husband, attorney William Vanden Heuvel, she became interested in the political career of Robert F. Kennedy. Following his assassination, she completed her first book, an oral history of his life entitled American Journey. In 1990, she became the editor of the literary journal Grand Street. She has two daughters: Wendy, an actress, and Katrina, the editor-in-chief of The Nation.See all Product Description
"Edie" is written well by someone who knew her.
She was obviously traumatized as a child by her father and there may have been incest issues with her childhood. Read more
Possibly one of the best biographical books yet. An incredibly insightful read on old money, fame, 1960's pop culture and ofcourse Warhol superstar edie sedgwick. Read morePublished 16 months ago by haysi
I am not the 'artsy' type but I found myself watching Basquiat one night. That -and listening to the Velvet Underground a few times got me interested in Andy Warhol a bit. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Jack a Hearts
Although this book is over twenty years old, it is still a good source of info about this "Girl of 1965", Edie Sedgwick. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Guten Tag
I read this book when it first came out and still have my tattered, dogeared copy. It is the breathless story of the poor little rich girl who became lost in the fabulous swirl of... Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by James V. Shrode
Edie appears out of these pages at least as 'temporary' as Andy Warhol's art. In retrospect, I can see she subscribed to his theories and couldn't reconcile them to her blueblood... Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by W. D. Richardson
Even though you read bad things about how Jean Stein put this book together in Warhol's DIARIES, that doesn't cancel out that it is a rivetting book. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001
It's funny how a person's childhood experiences can set a person up for success or failure as an adult. Read morePublished on April 27 1999