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Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    As someone who always found Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis fascinati

    As someone who always found Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis fascinating, I wondered about how she had spent her final years. She was an editor, I knew, but what did she edit? What books had her personal touch? Was she happy, both professionally and personally? There was no wondering why a woman with her wealth would work; why would she not, if she could find something interesting and worthwhile to do? Such a mind and personality as hers would be wasted otherwise.

    Most Americans knew, or thought we knew, Jackie's history, her education, her interests. It is not surprising to learn in this work how much she loved history, France, literature, and living well. There are few surprises in the books that she chose to champion at the publishing houses for which she worked as editor, but they are there. Her involvement in the Michael Jackson book is just such a case, being a volume she was talked into doing, but a subject about which she knew little. That she was willing to tackle it in spite of its strangeness to her, shows that she was willing to learn and was a working editor.

    The interviews and statements of authors about the way in which she worked with them are telling in a way. There isn't a negative word among them, although there are several regarding Doubleday and how the publisher treated them, especially after Jackie's death. One of the problems with the writing lies here, though. Occasionally it is difficult to discern whose words one is reading, the interviewee, or that of the author of this book. Regardless, it is clear that each of her authors respected her, some adored her, and a few just cared about her work on their books. The number of books is impressive given the short time in which she worked as an editor, and the amount of time she gave to many of them.

    Jackie was a woman who found her own path through horror, sadness, and criticism. She was viewed by the American public almost as a national treasure and they thought she should behave in a certain manner. When she didn't behave that way, they criticized her, were disappointed in her. But she was a person in her own right, and although she did take on the task of preserving John Kennedy's memory, she had other things to do. Things both good and bad, learning and growing experiences. In the books she edited, Jackie left behind her own legacy as her own person.

    She cared about the quality of the books she championed, even though most of them did not bear her name in any way. That is clearly one of the things missing in publishing these days, caring more about the content or the appearance of an item than in how much money it will bring in. The publishing world could use more editors of her ilk and fewer business people.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    As in the title Editor know body really remebers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as an editor, but this book sheds a large amount of light on the forgoten 19 years of Jackies life. Its an amazing book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Heard enough about jackie

    Did not read they have enough money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Ummmmmm

    Is this book really bad?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    I think this book needed Jackie as Editor!

    I think this book needed Jackie as Editor!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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