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Tragic Beauty: The Lost 1914 Memoirs of Evelyn Nesbit

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The 1914 memoirs of Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful chorus girl and model whose association with architect Stanford White would later lead to his sensational murder at Madison Square Garden. In June 1906, Pittsburgh playboy Harry K. Thaw shot and murdered Stanford White, one of America's most famous architects, over a deadly dispute involving White's seduction of Thaw's wife, ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Lulu Press (first published 1914)
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Jun 14, 2009 King rated it liked it
A noble vanity press effort to reconstruct the 1914 manuscript of Evelyn Nesbit's first autobiography. Book reveals an admirably perceptive and shrewd woman who seems quite ahead of her time. However, I was disappointed by the lack of detail; Ms. Nesbit seems to focus more on offering biographical facts and impressions than on painting a vivid picture of life at the turn of the century (I would have loved to have heard more details about life in the theater in 1901, or the experience of dining o ...more
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Jan 31, 2014 Leif Bodnarchuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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By chance one day I caught my first glimpse of Evelyn Nesbit while researching "Victorian women". You might say she was of the Edwardian time, but she was American, so I don't feel it applies as readily to THAT side of the pond. Anyway I was instantly hooked — 'Who is this woman, she's gorgeous!' I thought. A sort of twentieth century Cleopatra; don't let the shoddy cover fool you.

I loved Evelyn's story. But the editing... Oh dear the editing in this book is not very good. Deborah Dorian Paul ha
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Interesting enough, but because this book is self-published, it suffers from the lack of an editorial eye. Misspellings and homophone errors pepper the text, and the truly disappointing thing is its lack of any bibliography or source citations. No list of archives or publications used to compile the text, no way to check its veracity or consult primary sources. Fine for an idle read, but not if you have a scholarly interest in researching more about the subject yourself.
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Florence Evelyn Nesbit (December 25, 1884 – January 17, 1967), known professionally as Evelyn Nesbit, was a popular American chorus girl and artists’ model whose liaison with renowned architect Stanford White immortalized her as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing."

In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and
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