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American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White,…

American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl,…

by Paula Uruburu

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  ABGrumpAndCo | Feb 15, 2015 |
Evelyn wrote, "I know of no more interesting subject to the average man than himself... All men lie when speaking of themselves, and however good or pious they may be, the exaggerate their own qualities." ( )
  ChewDigest | Sep 12, 2014 |
Evelyn wrote, "I know of no more interesting subject to the average man than himself... All men lie when speaking of themselves, and however good or pious they may be, the exaggerate their own qualities." ( )
  ChewDigest | Sep 12, 2014 |
Though is started out somewhat breezy and lightweight, once she got into the heart of the story, it really settled in and became a very enjoyable but scholarly read. She does have an overfondness for the cleverly turned phrase but I think she got into much of the important details of Nesbit's early life to make the trial less a sensation and more understandable. Since I knew so little about this major event of American pop culture, it was interesting to read about. The only part I found a bit odd was the constant descriptions of Evelyn's amazing beauty but the photos included didn't really impress me except as a pretty young girl. Perhaps tastes have changed or perhaps men find her more beautiful or perhaps photos don't do her justice but that was how she made her living. Interesting.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Paula Uruburu's American Eve had all the promise to be a fascinating book due to the subject and the era which it depicted. In our modern era of celebrities and wannabes to take a look back to the time when the first such names were coming to the surface, is an interesting prospect.

Evelyn Nesbit's life was not without hardships and scandals, and these are dealt with precision in the book. However, the fact that she apparently had no say at all in anything that happened to her makes it quite hard to believe. As other reviewers have previously mentioned, some details of Evelyn Nesbit's life were also left out by Ms Uruburu that would have made the image of Evelyn Nesbit a bit less angelic, but more true. Also the author's constant reliance on Evelyn Nesbit's own biographies, without even remotely considering about how she might have wanted to present a cleaner image in her later years, gave Ms Uruburu's book a slight whiff of myth making.

When taken with a pinch of salt, the account of Evelyn Nesbit's life (up to the second trial of the husband) makes an interesting read. I really would have hoped that Ms Uruburu had also dedicated some more time and pages to Ms Nesbit's life after the second trial instead of rushing through. ( )
  QueenOfEschnapur | Sep 3, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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