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Edie : An American Biography

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A brilliant and unique biography of Andy Warhol's tragic muse, the 60s icon Edie Sedgwick

'Exceptionally seductive... You can't put it down' LA Times

Outrageous, vulnerable and strikingly beautiful - in the 1960s Edie Sedgwick became both an emblem of, and a memorial to, the doomed world spawned by Andy Warhol.

Born into a wealthy New England Edie's childhood was dominated by a brutal but glamourous father. Fleeing to New York, she became an instant celebrity, known to everyone in the literary, artistic and fashionable worlds. She was Warhol's twin soul, his creature, the superstar of his films and, finally, the victim of a life which he created for her.

Jean Stein's classic biography of Edie is an American fable on an epic scale - the story of a short, crowded and vivid life which is also the story of a decade like no other.

'Edie Sedgwick was the spirit of the sixties, and these pages capture her power to dazzle us... This is the book of the Sixties we have been waiting for' Norman Mailer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 367g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529110718
  • 9781529110715
  • 52,456

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"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"
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Jean Stein invented a form that many have tried to replicate since: the oral history biography. The voices in these pages give a sentimental education that is glamorous, dark, sexy, depraved, comical, and profound. Edie maps the follies and glories of an entire era-the Warhol 1960s. -- Rachel Kushner There is no more classic summertime read * New York Magazine * 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 * An exceptionally seductive biography... You can't put it down... It has novelistic excitement * Los Angeles Times Book Review *
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About Jean Stein

Jean Stein (Author)
Jean Stein's father, Jules, founded MCA and she grew up in the golden years of Hollywood. At Jean's coming-out party, Judy Garland sang 'Over the Rainbow'; later she had an affair with William Faulkner, became an editor at The Paris Review, and was Elia Kazan's assistant on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Immersed in the demi-monde of New York, she was close to Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, and to Warhol's muse - Edie Sedgewick - about whom Lou Reed wrote 'Femme Fatale' and Jean Stein wrote Edie (1982). That book became an international best-seller, of which Norman Mailer wrote: 'This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.'

George Plimpton (Author)
George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.

Ottessa Moshfegh (Introducer)
Ottessa Moshfegh has written four previous books: McGlue (2014); Eileen, which was awarded the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Homesick for Another World (2017); and My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018), which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
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