American Eve

American Eve

Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century

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Famous by her sixteenth birthday in 1900, Gibson Girl Evelyn Nesbit was the most photographed woman of her era, an iconic figure who set the standard for female beauty. Women wanted to be her. Men wanted her. When her jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, killed her lover--celebrity architect Stanford White, builder of the Washington Square Arch and much of New York City--she found herself at the center of the "crime of the century" and the scandal that marked the beginning of a national obsession with youth, beauty, celebrity, and sex. The story of Evelyn Nesbit is one of glamour, money, romance, madness, and murder, and Paula Uruburu weaves all of these elements into an elegant narrative that reads like the best fiction--only it's all true, a picture of America as it crossed from the Victorian era into the modern.--From publisher description.
Published: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781594489938
1594489939
Branch Call Number: B NES
Characteristics: 386 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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KarenW
Sep 16, 2011

Delicious retelling of the scandalous Evelyn and the murder of her ex-lover by drug addled husband. Full of shocking details from the trial, with descriptions of a decadent life style typical of the time period. For instance it was only through the trial record was it revealed that she was the girl in the red velvet swing sparking her husband's shame. But by then it was too late and all came to ruin.

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