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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053295
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464


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.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053295
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the Authors

Jean Stein

Jean Stein’s father, Jules, founded MCA and she grew up in the golden years of Hollywood. At Jean’s coming-out party, Judy Garland sang ‘Over the Rainbow’; later she had an affair with William Faulkner, became an editor at The Paris Review, and was Elia Kazan’s assistant on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Immersed in the demi-monde of New York, she was close to Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, and to Warhol’s muse – Edie Sedgewick – about whom Lou Reed wrote ‘Femme Fatale’ and Jean Stein wrote Edie (1982). That book became an international best-seller, of which Norman Mailer wrote: ‘This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.

George Plimpton

George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.

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 for.”

Norman 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 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

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