Greg Lawrence

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 tycoon’s wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, skip over just as equally an important stage in her life: her nearly twenty year long career as a book editor. Jackie as Editor, written by one of the authors Jackie edited, 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 was one of her authors and 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 over a hundred books through the increasingly corporate halls of Viking and Doubleday. Away from the public eye, Jackie quietly defined life on her own terms. 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.

First serial: Vanity Fair, January 2011

GREG LAWRENCE is the author and co-author of seven previous trade books, including Colored Lights (with John Kander and Fred Ebb), Dance With Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins, Time Steps (with Donna McKechnie), The New York Times bestselling Dancing on My Grave and The Shape of Love, the last two edited by Jacqueline Onassis. Greg has also ghostwritten a number of other nonfiction books in a wide range of fields. A graduate of Cornell University, he works free lance out of Manhattan and welcomes all inquiries (see Contact page).

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' 19-year career in book publishing
Co-authored with Gelsey Kirkland

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