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ISBN-10: 150112580X
ISBN-13: 9781501125805
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 09/03/2019
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H

Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

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The quintessential biography of Eve Babitz (1943-2021), the brilliant chronicler of 1960s and 70s Hollywood hedonism and one of the most original American voices of her time.

“I practically snorted this book, stayed up all night with it. Anolik decodes, ruptures, and ultimately intensifies Eve’s singular irresistible glitz.” –Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

“The Eve Babitz book I’ve been waiting for. What emerges isn’t just a portrait of a writer, but also of Los Angeles: sprawling, melancholic, and glamorous.” –Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world–a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA.

The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz, age twenty, posed for a photograph with French artist Marcel Duchamp in 1963. They were seated at a chess board, deep in a game. She was naked; he was not. The picture, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. She spent the rest of the decade on the Sunset Strip, rocking and rolling, and 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. Her prose achieved that American ideal: art that stayed loose, maintained its cool; art so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. Yet somehow the world wasn’t paying attention. Babitz languished.

It was almost twenty years after her last book was published, and only a few years before her death in 2021 that Babitz became a literary star, recognized as not just an essential L.A. writer, but the essential. This late-blooming vogue bloomed, in large part, because of a magazine profile by Lili Anolik, who, in 2010, began obsessively pursuing Babitz, a recluse since burning herself up in a fire in the 90s.

Anolik’s elegant and provocative book is equal parts biography and detective story. It is also on dangerously intimate terms with its subject: artist, writer, muse, and one-woman zeitgeist, Eve Babitz.

“A dazzling, gossip-filled biography of the wayward genius who knew everyone in Seventies LA.” —The Telegraph (UK)

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"A swooning, sometimes madcap look at Babitz...compelling." –The Washington Post

"Fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of Babitz's life and work...What Hollywood's Eve has going for it on every page is its subject's utter refusal to be dull... It sends you racing to read the work of Eve Babitz." –Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Anolik's book brings a ludicrously glamorous scene back to life, adding a few shadows along the way to give Babitz's sun-bleached biography more nuanced contours." Vogue

"Anolik's fantasy Eve reflects Babitz's brilliance at self-presentation."Harper's

"Anolik now presents the full jaw-dropping drama of Babitz's on-the-edge life and complicated personality, paired with an account of Anolik's pursuit of her wily subject. With the recent reissue of Babitz's books, this radical American writer of stunning verve, candor, and insight is truly a phoenix rising."Booklist

"The Eve Babitz story you've been looking for–a true page-turner about an icon of Los Angeles' 1960s art scene that'll satisfy your thirst for glitz, glam, and drama."–Women's Day

"[A] loving and perceptive new book on Babitz... [Babitz's] unique and entertaining body of work is now crowned by Lili Anolik's Hollywood's Eve."–Los Angeles Review of Books

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Details

ISBN-10: 150112580X
ISBN-13: 9781501125805
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 09/03/2019
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H
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