Wednesday, January 18

Evelyn Nesbit


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A few years ago I read American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White: The Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century. I think it's safe to say that if you read my blog, you'll love this book. The book is an account of the life of Evelyn Nesbit, a woman I didn't realize I had seen many times before knowing who she was. You know all those turn of the century drawings of the beautiful woman with the "Gibson Girl" look? Much of the time when you see them you are looking at the face of Evelyn Nesbit. Her story is a juicy one with all the hype that's ripe for Hollywood. I won't attempt to retell it here, you should read the book, but you can also read a pretty fantastic two-part blog post on her at Caviglia's Cabinet of Curiosities. And for even further reading, ByGone Fashion & this post

10 comments:

Dashfield Vintage said...

Ooo will definitely check this out. You have the most interesting things on your blog!

BaronessVonVintage said...

What a beauty she was...such tragedy, though!

Anita said...

Having read every link you shared, I am officially obsessed! The book is going on the top of my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

She is so lovely. I love how soft and dreamy she looks. She may be thinner than what the norm was back then, but she's a lot more healthy looking than some of the 'fashion norms' today. I think she's gorgeous. I've also read that an illustration of her as a red head inspired LM Montgomery when she was coming up with her Anne of Green Gables.

Amber said...

Oh my goodness, I had no idea! It's THAT girl! Lauren, this just blew my mind. Must get my hands on this book.

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Going on the reading list--thank you!

Carys said...

These photos are so beautiful, and I must read that book!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

abigail pamela mckenzie said...
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abigail pamela mckenzie said...

Oh I love vintage Hollywood scandal I should have a read! She's beautiful!

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Anonymous said...

She is not very pretty at all. Her nose is too big. She is a little above average but that is it.

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