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Jackie Under My Skin

Jackie Under My Skin

Interpreting an Icon

Wayne Koestenbaum

Picador

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Jackie Under My Skin is a passionate investigation of the ways Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis transformed America's definition of celebrity, identity, and style. In a gallery of fantasies and tableaux, Wayne Koestenbaum explains the late first lady's hold on Americans by examining the myths and metaphors that we've attached to her. An exuberant paean to a great star, Jackie Under My Skin is also a meditation on fame, mortality, and the difficulty of defining desire.

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Praise for Jackie Under My Skin

“Pop interpretation at its finest . . . and every bit of it is fun to read.” —The Boston Globe

“Dazzling, exuberant . . . Koestenbaum writes with a heady lyricism that makes Jackie-watching an exercise of the soul as well as of the intellect.” —New York Magazine

“Koestenbaum's explanation of the Jackie O phenomenon is as fresh and thought-provoking as they come.” —Los Angeles Times

“Some of the most entertaining prose in years . . . A thoughtful and unexpectedly moving book.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Impassioned insight . . . By turns comic and elegaic, respectful and blasphemous...little or nothing escapes [Koestenbaum's] gaze.” —Newsday

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About the author

Wayne Koestenbaum

WAYNE KOESTENBAUM has published five books of poetry, one novel, and six books of nonfiction. A graduate of Harvard and Princeton, he is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Visiting Professor in the painting department of the Yale School of Art.

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum

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