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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Jackie, We Hardly Knew You

Jackie, We Hardly Knew You

(p.103) Jackie, We Hardly Knew You
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about two books on Jackie Kennedy, Kitty Kelley’s Jackie Oh! and Stephen Birmingham’s Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. All the trappings of the Kelley book—the title, the garish cover, the Lyle Stuart imprint, photographs by the intrepid Ron Galella—shout juicy trash; Birmingham’s book exudes a claustrophobic aura of good taste. The content of both books corresponds to their packaging. Birmingham’s attitude toward Jackie is embarrassingly respectful while Kelley’s is not. If her book leaves one overriding impression, it is that morality is indeed a middle-class concern, alien to the rich Jackie. The result is that while J.B.K.O. may be more faithful to the provable facts, Jackie Oh! makes a more convincing stab at the unprovable truth.

Keywords:   Jackie Kennedy, Kitty Kelley, Stephen Birmingham, Jackie Oh, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

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