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Edie: American Girl Paperback – Oct 14 1994
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'This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.' -Norman Mailer
'Extraordinary . . . a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated.' -Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
'The ultimate oral history and still the most objectively cool book I've ever read. It's perfectly structured and the most important book about America in the 1960s.' -Sloane Crosley, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
'An exceptionally seductive biography. . . . You can't put it down. . . . It has novelistic excitement.' - Los Angeles Times Book Review
'Jean Stein's 1982 book Edie: American Girl, edited with George Plimpton . . . gave oral history the particular shimmer that comes when lofty literary aims happen to coincide with sheer entertainment value . . . Edie gave an almost mythic quality to its subject's persona and her brief rise and fall, yet in its telling you could also follow clear lines connecting disparate pieces of 20th-century American life: the hollow cult of celebrity; the fragile prospect of greater opportunity for women; the intoxicating dream of the West for certain Easterners; the peculiar pathologies of the very rich.' -Maria Russo, New York Times Book Review
'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
'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.' - Atlanta Journal & Constitution
'Is anyone capable of picking up . . . Edie and putting it down before the very last page?' -Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review
'There is no more classic summertime read.' - New York Magazine
From the Inside Flap
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
Top Customer Reviews
She was born into a wealthy old family that had a history of instability. Her father, also breathtakingly beautiful, had crushing psychological problems. Two of her brothers committed suicide. Her mother was ineffectual with her large brood. She was raised on an isolated ranch with her seven siblings with almost no contact with the outside world. When she hit Cambridge at 18, she was pathetically ill equipped to be in the larger world.
I couldn't agree more that she found herself in the midst of horribly decadent people. Andy Warhol gets a particularly bad rap in this book, but to me, he was no better nor worse than his hangers-on, just a shade more self-absorbed. What really saddened me was that I don't think it really mattered who Edie took up with. She was destined to spin out of control. She had no focus, no inner strength, and was dangerously self-centered and delusionary.
"Edie" is compelling reading whether or not you have experienced the '60's. It is good to keep in mind that Edie herself and the contributors to the book all were a part of a very small stratum that whistled through this confusing decade. They were no more representative of the rank and file than Emmerin is representative of this decade.
Such a lovely child, such a terrible waste.
Most recent customer reviews
"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 24 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
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