Jackie as Editor

Jackie as Editor

The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nation's tragic widow, the millionaire's wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, skip over an equally important stage in her life: her nearly twenty-year-long career as a book editor. This book focuses exclusively on this remarkable period. At age 46, one of the most famous women in the world went to work for the first time in twenty-two years. The author, who had three of his books edited by Jackie, draws from interviews with more than 125 of her former collaborators and acquaintances in the publishing world to examine one of the twentieth century's most enduring subjects of fascination through a new angle: her previously untouted skill in the career she chose.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312591939
Characteristics: x, 322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 05, 2014

Second time reading this book. Very good and insightful. Get a whole different perspective of this famous lady.

ChristchurchLib Nov 19, 2013

"Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, widowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, later married Aristotle Onassis. After his death in 1975, Jackie O, as she became known, went to work as an editor at Viking Press, shepherding several books to publication before moving to Doubleday. In all she edited nearly 100 books, many of them reflecting her personal interests. Jackie avoided publicity to the extent possible and didn't let her celebrity hinder her work. Drawing on a variety of sources, especially interviews with many of her former colleagues, author Greg Lawrence paints a portrait of a hard-working, modest, and effective editor." Biography and Memoir November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=701378

Jul 31, 2012

This book is similar to William Kuhn's book "Reading Jackie". Both deal with Jackie Kennedy Onassis' career as a book editor. Although wealthy and not needing to work after both her husbands died, she worked for nearly twenty years with authors and artists to bring books to life simply because she so loved books. The details provided give an entirely different view of her; she was playful, dedicated, passionate in her devotion to her books and authors and extremely intelligent and well-read. . She was an impressive woman.


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