New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's natural cloth over baby blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped in red, upper board stamped in pastel colors, original illustrated dust jacket.
"She was after life, and sometimes life doesn't come fast enough" (Diana Vreeland). Biography of fashion model and superstar Edie Sedgwick, with firsthand accounts of her short, tumultuous life by friends, family, and luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion, and society. Based on a decade's worth of interviews with over 200 people by author-editor Stein, and edited from thousands of transcribed pages by Paris Review founding editor Plimpton, the book amounts to an oral history, a nonfiction novel, and a group portrait of an era. Interviewees include Truman Capote, Patti Smith, Jasper Johns, Norman Mailer, Ondine, René Ricard, Terry Southern, Nico, Gore Vidal, Andy Warhol, and many others. Illustrated with 90 pages of black-and-white photos and reproductions; with a genealogy, biographical notes, photo credits, and an index. Boards slightly bowed, with minor soiling to top edges, and light foxing to edges of textblock. Bottom corners lightly bumped, unclipped dust jacket with small closed tear to bottom edge of lower panel. Near fine. Item #3647