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Edith Bouvier Beale Book

by habituallychic

07 . 25 . 09

I’m really surprised that in all the coverage of Grey Gardens recently, I don’t remember hearing about Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures. After Edie’s death, her niece Eva Marie Beale compiled family photographs, poetry, letters, sketches and more for the only family sponsored book. It was “conceived a with a deep dedication, understanding, and personal connection” mostly in an attempt to introduce the world the beauty of Edie’s early gilded life instead of just the later squalor. With a foreword by Peter Beard and beautiful photos, I too think I would rather remember Edith Bouvier Beale in this manner and look forward to ordering this loving tribute.

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  1. An Aesthete's Lament July 25, 2009 | 9:34 pm

    She really was shockingly beautiful.

  2. KT July 26, 2009 | 2:44 am

    Oh my gosh I had no idea this existed! Thank you for sharing! This is going on my Amazon wish list!

  3. Wonder Twin July 26, 2009 | 4:17 pm

    OMG…I must have this book!!!

  4. The Consummate Hostess July 26, 2009 | 5:43 pm

    The glamorous Beale’s led such a fascinating life, cannot wait to check out the book. I too would rather remember these two fabulous characters in all of their gilded glory. Thanks for the post!

  5. Scott Fazzini July 26, 2009 | 10:07 pm

    Eeek! I didn’t know this was out… I’m dashing over to Amazon as we speak!!

  6. princedeligne July 26, 2009 | 10:54 pm

    Little Edie’s style has influenced everyone from John Galiano to Peter Som, she was amazing.Who could come up with that idea of wearing pants under a skirt,and then taking off the skirt and wear it as a cape.

  7. Rebecca@Harmony and Home July 26, 2009 | 10:57 pm

    Wow! They were such interesting people. I’m sure this book is going to be fun to look at and read!

  8. GRAYSONFAVOUR July 27, 2009 | 12:28 am

    My Fave line:
    “This is the best thing to wear for the day”…Little Edie was just such a trip ..I too, must have the book.

  9. Gaj July 27, 2009 | 5:23 am

    Had the great priveledge to visit big and little Edie whilst they were in residence at Grey Gardens a few years before its sale and subsequent make over by the Quinn Bradley’s. I have not seen this book yet but do expect it to be a revelation in regards to little Edie’s former life, a window into her past that was almost unimaginable except for the few scattered and frayed photos that were scattered about the rooms of that legendary dwelling. Grey Gardens was a museum of a life that has long fallen away. The Ms. Edies were the blood and guts of that moment in time. Brava.

  10. bill July 27, 2009 | 7:17 pm

    I pre-ordered this as soon as I heard about it – it took FOREVER for me to finally get it but I’ve had it since Nov. or Dec. I think & it really is so amazing – I highly recommend it! LOVE them!

  11. Lisa S. July 29, 2009 | 3:26 am

    I also have this, and waited FOREVER to get, it was delayed over and over by the publisher, there is an interesting story there, somewhere. Anyway, it was totally worth the wait. Beautiful pictures, great excerpts from Little Edie’s journals, very personal and touching. This book is also a Limited Edition of 2000, each book is numbered in the front. If anyone is interested in the story of these two women, they must own this book.

  12. hello gorgeous August 6, 2009 | 12:45 am

    I got this for my bday in June. LOVE it. It was a G. G. bday. 🙂