Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Book: Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis , by Greg Lawrence, ISBN10: 0312591934, ISBN13: 9780312591939, St. Martin's Press, January 4, 2011, Hardcover
GREG LAWRENCE is the author and co-author 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.
Jackie as Editor gives intimate new insights into the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a complex and enigmatic woman who found fulfillment through her creative career during book publishing's legendary golden age.
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.)
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