Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. (Paperback)
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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
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Propelled to the status of a Swinging Sixties icon, Eve Babitz lived a life of countercultural notoriety before embarking on a second career as a literary novelist. Anolik’s riveting biography of this enigmatic individual brings a neglected artist to the fore for the first time and ensures her significant legacy will endure.

The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Eve Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few.

Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered-as a writer-by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she's since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she's on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential-as the essential-LA writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so simply enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471190247
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm

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