TheBPlot has exclusive news about a new book, “Letters of Little Edie Beale: Grey Gardens and Beyond” (Authorhouse) slated for publication Fall 2009, that reveals never-before-published personal letters from Little Edie, her commentary on the world and her family and more by noted “Grey Gardens” historian, Walter Newkirk.
The first scoop and look about the book below. An exclusive preview is coming soon, including an interview with Walter here at TheBPlot and in The Coaster next month.
“Letters of Little Edie Beale: Grey Gardens and Beyond”, collected and edited by Walter Newkirk, is a sequel to ”memoraBEALEia: A Private Scrapbook About Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens“. The tome will be available to the public the Fall of 2009 (pub date TBA) on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com and in bookstores nationwide.
“Letters of Little Edie Beale: Grey Gardens and Beyond”, will contain almost 100 transcripts of the most engaging and entertaining cards and letters written to the author by ”Little” Edie Beale from 1977-1987 and from 2000 up until a few months before Edie’s death in 2002.
In her facinating letters, Edie discusses her life post-Grey Gardens, politics, 9/11, her cousins Jackie and Lee, politics…and much, much more.
The book will also feature several pages of art related to Edie and Grey Gardens by thirteen artists including Bruce Lennon, along with East Hampton residents Giovanni Gelardi, Lois Wright, Andrew Wargo, and Don Duga.
April 22, 1976, as a college journalist, author Walter Newkirk traveled to Grey Gardens, the Beale estate on Long Island, to interview Edie Beale about the movie documentary “Grey Gardens,” for his college newspaper, The Rutgers Daily Targum. Thus began a decades-long friendship between Walter and Little Edie.
During the amazing taped interview, Edie talked about her life, the department of health raid, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill, Peter Beard, her brothers Phelan and Bouvier, Spanish music, and assorted other topics. Mother Edith Beale is heard in the background.
That 72 minute, taped interview is available as a CD, “Little Edie Live! A Visit to Grey Gardens.” It’s distributed on-demand by CreateSpace and can be found on Amazon.com ($14.99). Its a must-have for any Grey Gardens lover.
The author dedicates his new book to Edie Beale, whose spirit and life on stage and film touches many people nationally and internationally. Letters From Little Edie Beale is also dedicated to Rutgers University and the Rutgers Daily Targum for their marvelous and steadfast support of Newkirk’s books. The Targum was, in fact, the genesis of his first book, and the catalyst for his friendship with Edie Beale.Walter Newkirk was inspired to compile the collection of letters from Little Edie in this book by Barry Qualls, Vice President and Professor of English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He first became acquainted with Professor Qualls as a freshman at Rutgers in 1972 as a student in his class.
For TheBPlot’s recent exclusive four-part interview with Bouvier Beale – Little Edie’s nephew, click:
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