Jackie: Beyond the Myth of Camelotby K.L. Kelleher
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The author of the book, 'Jackie Beyond the Myth of Camelot' is also the writer/producer of the PBS feature documentary 'Jackie Behind the Myth'. The film explores Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the celebrated first lady who transformed the White House into a magnificent stage for the performing arts and culture, and in her later years she became a distinguished literary editor.
The book 'Jackie Beyond the Myth of Camelot' reveals in greater depth the genesis of her desire to elevate the understanding of the arts in America. Her plans included forming the first federal programs to fund diverse culture at the national level that later became the National Endowment for the Arts. K.L. Kelleher fully explores the role of her friendships with Isaac Stern, Andre Previn, Judith Jamison, George Plimpton, Louis Auchincloss, and dozens of other leaders in the arts. Many times Jackie would commissioned memoirs, provocative histories, and her deep knowledge of the performing arts was the inspiration for many of her books.
The book also explores Jackie's dedication to establish the International Center for Photography, save the Egyptian temples from the floods caused by the construction of the High Aswan Dam, preserve and restore Grand Central Terminal, and support Diana Vreeland's exhibtions at The Costume Museum. Jackie´s career as a literary editor reveals that her greatest gift to America was a tremendous lifting of the American spirit through art, music, culture and dance. All the authors Jackie edited are fully explored in Kelleher's book.
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On November 8th, 2001 K.L. Kelleher came to Southampton to talk about the authors and artists Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis edited. Kelleher described how many of Jackie's authors were honored by the Kennedy Center. Ms. Kelleher donated twenty of the books used to research her book, including a rare collection of President Kennedy's speeches given during his presidential campaign so that others may learn more about this period of American history.
I am a huge fan of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, I have read many books about her. I feel this work covers the same territory as two other works that were written about Jackie's career as an editor at Doubleday and Viking. Her assistant Trish Baldridge also discussed Jackies travels in her memoir of the Kennedy Admin. Some of the writers who wrote of this period seemed to feel that the books Jackie edited told the reader as much about her l values, as an autobiography or memoir. I disagree. It's interesting to look at her career in publishing; but it is no substitute for a memoir az
The writer and producer K.L. Kelleher of the wonderful PBS film 'Jackie Behind the Myth' continues to charm and inspire us with this intelligent and moving book about the authors and artists Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis admired and edited.