An American Biography
A brilliant and unique biography of a 60s icon, now the subject of a major new film.
Born into a family of wealthy and patrician New Englanders, Edie Sedgwick became, in the 1960s, both an emblem of, and a memorial to, the doomed world spawned by Andy Warhol. Edie was outrageous, vulnerable and strikingly beautiful.
Her childhood was dominated by a brutal but glamorous father. Fleeing to New York, she became an instant celebrity, known to everyone in the literary, artistic and fashionable worlds of the day. 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. 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.
“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 for.”
“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 Americana.”
George 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's.”
Peter Conrad, Observer
London Review of Books
“Extraordinary... a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated.”
The 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 there”
Simon Garfield, The Week