An American Biography
A brilliant and unique biography of Andy Warhol's tragic muse, the 60s icon Edie Sedgwick, by the writer Jean Stein
A brilliant and unique biography of Andy Warhol's tragic muse, the 60s icon Edie Sedgwick
'Exceptionally seductive. You can't put it down' LA Times
Outrageous, vulnerable and strikingly beautiful - in the 1960s Edie Sedgwick became both an emblem of, and a memorial to, the doomed world spawned by Andy Warhol.
Born into a wealthy New England Edie's childhood was dominated by a brutal but glamourous father. Fleeing to New York, she became an instant celebrity, known to everyone in the literary, artistic and fashionable worlds. She was Warhol's twin soul, his creature, the superstar of his films and, finally, the victim of a life which he created for her.
Jean Stein's classic biography of Edie is an American fable on an epic scale - the story of a short, crowded and vivid life which is also the story of a decade like no other.
'Edie Sedgwick was the spirit of the sixties, and these pages capture her power to dazzle us. This is the book of the Sixties we have been waiting for' Norman Mailer
Praise for Edie
Edie Sedgwick was the spirit of the Sixties, and these pages capture her power to dazzle us. I have read no social history to compare with it. While it is not a novel (although it reads like one) I still will say: This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting forNorman Mailer
Jean Stein and George Plimpton have made such a good job of it that the effect is of a novel illuminating a wide spectrum of AmericanaGeorge Melly, New Society
Like all American stories, Edie's is about being born in paradise and then being ejected from it... in spite of the wealth and fame and catastrophe which seem to make it singular, it is everyone'sPeter Conrad, Observer
AddictiveLondon Review of Books
Extraordinary... a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestratedThe New York Times
Edie is always an inspiration. The cautionary destructive tale of Edie Sedgwick, Warhol muse and factory beauty, compellingly told by those who were thereSimon Garfield, The Week
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 portraitPublishers Weekly
An exceptionally seductive biography... You can't put it down... It has novelistic excitementLos Angeles Times Book Review
There is no more classic summertime readNew York Magazine
Jean Stein invented a form that many have tried to replicate since: the oral history biography. The voices in these pages give a sentimental education that is glamorous, dark, sexy, depraved, comical, and profound. Edie maps the follies and glories of an entire era-the Warhol 1960s.Rachel Kushner