WEST OF EDEN: An American Place

By Jean Stein
Random House, February 9, 2016

Jean Stein influenced the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol “superstar” Edie Sedgwick that was edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, Stein turns her lens toward the city Sedgwick came from—Los Angeles—and a mythic cast of fortune hunters and aspiring moguls whose quests for fame and power destroy many along the way.
An astonishing tapestry of voices telling the saga of a place like no other.


About the Author

A former editor at The Paris Review and the longtime editor of Grand Street magazine, Jean Stein is the author of the oral history American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy, which was edited with George Plimpton, and Edie: American Girl. She is recognized as an innovator in the art of oral history. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in New York City.


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