Edie : An American Biography

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Born into a wealthy New England family, Edie Sedgwick became, in the 1960s, both an emblem of, and a memorial to, the doomed world spawned by Andy Warhol. Edie was outrageous, vulnerable and strikingly beautiful. Her childhood was dominated by a brutal but glamouros father. Fleeing to New York, she became an instant celebrity, kown to everyone in the literary, artistic and fashionable worlds of the day. 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.

Edie is an American fable on an epic scale - the story of a short, crowded and vivid life which is also the story of the decade.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 319g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 b/w integrated pictures
  • 1845950631
  • 9781845950637
  • 307,691

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"Extraordinary... a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated"
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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 * Publishers Weekly * Jean Stein and George Plimpton have made such a good job of it that the effect is of a novel illuminating a wide spectrum of Americana -- George Melly * New Society * 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 * Edie Sedgwick was the spirit of the Sixties, and these pages capture her power to dazzle us. I have read no social history to compare with it. While it is not a novel (although it reads like one) I still will say: This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for -- Norman Mailer
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About Jean Stein

Jean Stein has worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including The Paris Review and Esquire. She is co-author, with George Plimpton, of American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy and in 1990 she became the editor of the literary journal Grand Street, until it ended in 2004. It was described by The New York Times as 'one of the most revered literary magazines of the postwar era'.

George Plimpton was an author, an actor and a literary patron. In 1953 he co-founded The Paris Review and his books, including Out of My League, Paper Lion, Mad Ducks and Bears, One More July, Shadow Box, The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, Truman Capote and The Bogey Man. He died in September 2003.
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