JACQUELINE KENNEDY Jacqueline Kennedy sends a typed letter about a Brooke Astor book. Typed Letter Signed: "Jackie," 1p, 8½ x11. (New York), 1990 January 30.

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JACQUELINE KENNEDY Jacqueline Kennedy sends a typed letter about a Brooke Astor book. Typed Letter Signed: "Jackie," 1p, 8½ x11. (New York), 1990 January 30. In actuality, a long "Memorandum" from "Jacqueline Onassis" to Steve Rubin "Re: Brooke Astor Book." In full: "Background on Brooke Astor project. Nancy Evans wanted a book from her, sort of how to live the good life. I had several meetings with Mrs. Astor. She gave me articles she has written over the past, but I could see she really didn't feel like doing another book. She has done four and used to write for House and Garden. She is in her 80's. Her first two books, Patchwork Child and Footprints, are out of print. She has the rights to the former, and Doubleday published the latter. Nancy said possibly we could publish the two together with new photos and a new introduction. I saw a longish introduction stressing the values that have affected her life: love of reading indoctrinated by parents, friendship, work, marriage, civic responsibility, curiosity, seeking out people in all fields, never getting stuck in a rut, gaiety, etc. Of course she is anxious to hear if this fits in with your plans. I enclose a memo from Nancy, a letter from me, and her two books. P.S. We need to return the books to her when you are through." Signed by President Kennedy's widow in green ink with "Dear Steve" also in her hand. Brooke Astor is Mr. William Vincent Astor. Born in 1903 and still active today, she is President and Trustee of the Vincent Astor Foundation. When Mr. Astor died in 1959, he left six million dollars to the foundation to "alleviate human misery." Mrs. Astor is respected for the great deeds undertaken by the foundation and is also respected as a legendary hostess with grace and style in high society. Born Jacqueline Bouvier in 1929, Jackie married John F. Kennedy in 1953. The third-youngest first lady, she left behind no policy initiatives but set a high standard for style and grace in her person and in the White House, and with her tragic dignity after her husband's assassination. From 1968 until his death in 1975, she was married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. From 1978 to 1994 she was an editor at Doubleday in New York.  Joseph P. Kennedy, Jackie's father in law, referred to in this letter as sick but still living, died on November 18, 1969. Although she influenced and wrote introductions for many other books, Jackie left no finished memoirs of her own.  A manuscript like this one therefore offers rare insights into the memories of the First Lady of Camelot. Horizontal fold, some creasing but not affecting signature.

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