American Eve by Paula Uruburu

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The scandalous story of America’s first supermodel, sex goddess, and modern celebrity—Evelyn Nesbit.

By the time of her sixteenth birthday in 1900, Evelyn Nesbit was known to millions as the most photographed woman of her era, an iconic figure who set the standard for female beauty, and whose innocent sexuality was used to sell everything from chocolates to perfume. Women wanted to be her. Men just wanted her. But when Evelyn’s life of fantasy became all too real and her insanely jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, murdered her lover, New York City architect Stanford White, the most famous woman in the world became infamous as she found herself at the center of the “Crime of the Century” and a scandal that signaled the beginning of a national obsession with youth, beauty, celebrity, and sex.


About Paula Uruburu

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Paula Uruburu is an associate professor of English at Hofstra University. An expert on Evelyn Nesbit and the early 20th Century, she has been widely published and has appeared on A&E’s Biography, PBS’s American Experience, and has been a consultant for the History Channel.
Published May 1, 2008 by Riverhead. 412 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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A revisionist look at the woman whose husband murdered Stanford White.

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He even persuades her — in what Uruburu rightly calls “the worst mistake of her life” — to confess what happened the night of the rape, and tries to turn her against Stanford White on the grounds of moral turpitude, though that was a little bit like the pot calling the kettle black and blue: for ...

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