Jackie as Editor: The literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Click for availability and more information Jackie as Editor: The literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Greg Lawrence
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis held a uniquely enduring position in American society during the last four decades of the Twentieth Century. Her mystique grew ever larger as she survived the assassination of her husband, widowhood, and a second marriage to Aristotle Onassis, followed by a second widowhood. Yet, in the later years of her life, she chose to develop a career as an editor of books for Viking Press and then Doubleday. Greg Lawrence's new book, Jackie as Editor: The literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis details her life as an editor and it is terrifically interesting.

Lawrence is a particularly fine author to write this book for he gained first-hand experience with Jacqueline Onassis when she edited three of his previously-published books. This book's bibliography and notes show the tremendous amount of research he did. Lawrence writes extremely well as he relates how Jacqueline Onassis first got her job at Viking Press in 1975 and then, with great style and grace, became an accepted member of the Viking Press staff. She began to develop ideas for books, many of which were published. After a tenuous situation developed at Viking, she switched to Doubleday.

The Jacqueline Onassis Lawrence shows the reader is an intelligent, dedicated, resourceful, compassionate, and, at many times, very witty editor. The range of the books she edited covered such diverse subjects as Russian art, segments of French art and history, Michael Jackson's life story, the world of ballet and so many more. The added bonus of this book is the insight one can get into the world of editing and publishing. Jackie as Editor: The literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is a fascinating read and Lawrence makes her world of ideas and books come vividly alive.

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