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Jackie as Editor
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An absorbing chronicle of a much overlooked chapter in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassiss life—her nineteen-year editorial career
History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nations tragic widow, the millionaires 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. Jackie as Editor is the first book to focus exclusively on this remarkable womans editorial career.
At the age of forty-six, one of the most famous women in the world went to work for the first time in twenty-two years. Greg Lawrence, 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. Over the last third of her life, Jackie would master a new industry, weather a very public professional scandal, and shepherd more than a hundred books through the increasingly corporate halls of Viking and Doubleday, publishing authors as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Louis Auchincloss, George Plimpton, Bill Moyers, Dorothy West, Naguib Mahfouz, and even Michael Jackson. Jackie as Editor gives intimate new insights into the life of a complex and enigmatic woman who found fulfillment through her creative career during book publishings legendary Golden Age, and, away from the public eye, quietly defined life on her own terms.
"Charting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's impressive legacy as an editor at Viking and Doubleday, Lawrence draws on a wealth of sources, including interviews with more than 125 of her former publishing collaborators, and hundreds of notes left to the author by Onassis. He was also one of her authors, co-writing three books with his former wife, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland (including the controversial bestseller Dancing on My Grave). Onassis learned the hard lessons of editing early on: from Barbara Chase-Riboud, author of the novel Sally Hemings, that the best authors are those willing to be edited, and from Michael Jackson, the frustration of working with an enigmatic celebrity. This Onassis appreciation appears almost simultaneously with William Kuhn's misleadingly titled Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, and while both will appeal primarily to publishing and media insiders, Lawrence's perceptive, impressively researched, book is the better of the two, presenting a woman with 'a grand spirit of adventure and... a sense of irony about life that served as a kind of armor' for this courageous, gifted woman. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Lawrence delivers an absorbing chronicle of a much-overlooked chapter in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's life--her 19-year editorial career. "Jackie as Editor" gives intimate new insights into the life of a complex and enigmatic woman.
History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nations tragic widow, the tycoons wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, tend to skip over an equally important stage in her life: her almost two-decade-long career as a book editor, publishing authors as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Louis Auchincloss, George Plimpton, Dorothy West, Naguib Mahfouz, and even Michael Jackson.
Greg Lawrence, who had three of his books edited by Jackie, draws from interviews with more than 125 of her former collaborators and acquaintances to examine one of the twentieth centurys most enduring subjects of fascination through a new angle: her previously untouted skill in the career she chose. Away from the public eye, Jackie found fulfillment and quietly defined life on her own terms.
About the Author
GREG LAWRENCE is the author or coauthor of seven previous books, including Colored Lights (with John Kander and Fred Ebb), Dance With Demons, Time Steps (with Donna McKechnie), the New York Times bestselling Dancing on My Grave, The Shape of Love, and The Little Ballerina and her Dancing Horse, the last three edited by Jackie Onassis.
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