American Eve : Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the birth of the "It" girl, and the crime of the century

by Uruburu, Paula M., 1957-

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Nesbit
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HD8039.M772 U59 2008
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HD8039.M772 U59 2008
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CLP - West End Non-Fiction Collection HD8039.M772 U59 2008
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B N365u
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Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 974.9 U8
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 NESBIT
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Biography B NES
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 NES
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Summary
GOLD MEDAL WINNER -Moonbeam Awards
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Americans have always been intrigued by sex and scandal. Even in seemingly more innocent eras, sexually fueled transgressions and crimes had the power to transfix the public. Uruburu recounts the salacious details of an early-twentieth-century crime that both shocked and gripped the collective public consciousness. A superstar by turn-of-the-century standards, Evelyn Nesbit, model, actress, and advertising creation, represented an idealized version of American womanhood. When her unbalanced millionaire husband shot and killed her lover, renowned New York architect and man-about-town Stanford White, the stage was set for a virtual media circus. All the decadent details revealed at the trial were devoured by a public just as hungry to see young, beautiful, and successful women crash and burn as they are today. Uruburu draws some valid comparisons between then and now in this tell-all biography of one of the first in a long line of tarnished It Girls. --Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Uruburu, an associate professor of English at Hofstra who has consulted for the History Channel, examines the notorious life of model and chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit (1885?-1967), whose rise to stardom was as spectacular as her subsequent fall. Born in rural Pennsylvania, Florence Evelyn Nesbit was an "exceedingly pretty infant" who by 15 had achieved success as an actress and model in New York City, where her blend of sultry sexuality and unspoiled purity attracted the eye of famed architect and playboy Stanford White. But Pittsburgh heir and sexual sadist Harry K. Thaw wanted Nesbit for himself and vowed to expose White's "immoral" conduct with underage girls. Thaw went on to brutally rape and beat Nesbit, yet she agreed to marry him. Still consumed with jealousy, Thaw shot White to death in 1906, leading to a headline-grabbing trial. Uruburu's depiction of Nesbit's early life and career is richly detailed, but the book loses steam near the end and barely addresses Nesbit's post-trial tailspin into alcoholism. Still, readers will appreciate the parallels between Nesbit's "It Girl" status and our own celebrity-obsessed culture. Photos. (May 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Nesbit, Evelyn, -- 1884-1967.
Models (Persons) -- United States -- Biography.
Celebrities -- United States -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Riverhead Books,2008
Language English
Description 386 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-386).
ISBN 9781594489938
1594489939
1594483698
9781594483691
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