Edie: American Girl

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When Edie was first published, it quickly became an international best-seller and then took its place among the classic books about the 1960s. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet. She seemed to have it all: she was aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and young, Andy Warhol’s superstar. But within a few years she flared out as quickly as she had appeared, and before she turned twenty-nine she was dead from a drug overdose.

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Overview

When Edie was first published, it quickly became an international best-seller and then took its place among the classic books about the 1960s. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet. She seemed to have it all: she was aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and young, Andy Warhol’s superstar. But within a few years she flared out as quickly as she had appeared, and before she turned twenty-nine she was dead from a drug overdose.

In a dazzling tapestry of voices—family, friends, lovers, rivals—the entire meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick’s life is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop Art world of the ‘60s: the sex, drugs, fashion, music—the mad rush for pleasure and fame. All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within—like Edie herself, and like her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the ‘60s experience in America.

When Edie was first published a decade ago, it quickly became an international bestseller. In the sixties Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet--aristocratic, glamorous, and Andy Warhol's superstar. Then at 28 her light fizzled and died from a drug overdose. Alternately thrilling, tragic and horrifying, this book shatters many myths about the American sixties. Photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.”—Norman Mailer

“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

“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

“What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better.”—The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

“There is no more classic summertime read.” —New York Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802134103
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 564
  • Sales rank: 211,695
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    GINGER! STOP BARKIN'!

    My main complaint about this book is that it didn't focus on Edie as much as I thought it would. Instead, it centered in on the ways of the scene she was a part of and how it influenced her. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read with great accounts and photos and I learned much of what I know about my favorite icon from it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    I found the book more and more intriguing after reading each chapter. I found it to tell a great deal about a person I knew nothing about, yet in great detail, it describes the interesting person she was. I found her life quite exciting to read about. She was a free spirited person if anything. I think she went against the grain and I say kudos to her for that.. great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    my favorite summer reading

    i read this book years ago and return to it every other summer. i have turned on most of my friends and family to it and they have all enjoyed it also. i love the stucture of the text and vivid story telling. get this book!!

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