Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nationâ€™s tragic widow, the tycoonâ€™s wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, tend to skip over an equally important stage in her life: her almost two-decade-long career as a book editor, publishing authors as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Lou
This is how she gets her job as a commissioning editor. She wants to get into publishing but is let down gently by a publisher saying it wouldn't be fair on junior staff to create a major opening for her, but what about being a commissioning editor? This ...more
I've always been a fan of Jackie Kennedy but I became an even bigger fan of Jackie Onassis after finish this book. She herself once admitted she she had always lived through men. But after she widowed, moved to New York city and got a job at a publishing house, Jackie blossomed. She became an independent ...more
Author Greg Lawrence was one ...more
I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I started this and although this can be a little tedious, especially when Lawrence is talking about all of Jackie's editorial critiques, this is still an amazing story of Jackie's introduction to and subsequent mastery of book editing.
Jackie began her work at Viking and moved to Double ...more
Interesting to read about an editor whose career was a mix of privilege and the usual c ...more
There were a few personal anecdotes which redeemed the book slightly, and a list of Jackie's contributions which ...more
I was also reading "Reading Jackie" at the same time. Both more or less cover the same ground. How the books she edited formed from her own tastes (I agree.) She apparently endeared herself to her authors and had their respect.
She handled being under a microscope well. Many could learn from he ...more