Jackie as Editor by Greg Lawrence
The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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An absorbing chronicle of a much overlooked chapter in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s life—her nineteen-year editorial career

History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nation’s tragic widow, the millionaire’s wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, skip over an equally important stage in her life: her nearly twenty year long career as a book editor. Jackie as Editor is the first book to focus exclusively on this remarkable woman’s editorial career.

At the age of forty-six, one of the most famous women in the world went to work for the first time in twenty-two years. Greg Lawrence, who had three of his books edited by Jackie, draws from interviews with more than 125 of her former collaborators and acquaintances in the publishing world to examine one of the twentieth century's most enduring subjects of fascination through a new angle: her previously untouted skill in the career she chose. Over the last third of her life, Jackie would master a new industry, weather a very public professional scandal, and shepherd more than a hundred books through the increasingly corporate halls of Viking and Doubleday, publishing authors as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Louis Auchincloss, George Plimpton, Bill Moyers, Dorothy West, Naguib Mahfouz, and even Michael Jackson. Jackie as Editor gives intimate new insights into the life of a complex and enigmatic woman who found fulfillment through her creative career during book publishing’s legendary Golden Age, and, away from the public eye, quietly defined life on her own terms.

About Greg Lawrence

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Greg Lawrence is the author and coauthor of five books, including "Dance with Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins"; the bestselling autobiography of Gelsey Kirkland, "Dancing on My Grave"; "Colored Lights"; and "The Shape of Love".
Published January 4, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Readers interested in researching the Jackie Kennedy Onassis editorial technique will be disappointed in Greg Lawrence's biography "Jackie as Editor".

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"...almost everyone who worked on the book (Dancing on my Grave) remembered Kirkland and particularly Lawrence, as being exasperating characters...

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Christian Science Monitor

In fact, as Greg Lawrence points out in his new book, Jackie as Editor, Onassis spent longer as an editor than she did married to either President Kennedy or millionaire Aristotle Onassis.

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Marie Claire

Jackie As Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Author: Greg Lawrence, the author of several books, including three that were edited by Jackie Onassis (Dancing on My Grave, The Shape of Love, and The Little Ballerina and her Dancing Horse).

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