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

SKU: 978-1501125799
$26.00

Complimentary Gift Message Available

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.

Hardcover

 

Gift Wrap

We offer our signature gift packaging for many items. This is noted with each item, please check the box in your cart to choose it. A complimentary gift message is available for ALL purchases.

Shipping Information

In-stock orders ship within three business days of purchase. Our standard shipping is via ground with USPS or UPS. For those last minute purchases we do offer Express Shipping. Please choose your shipping preference when checking out.

We will contact you immediately if anything in your order is out of stock or back-ordered.

Heavy and oversize items may require special charges.

International Orders: Yes! We are happy to ship to you. Please contact us for shipping/handling charges, and allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. International order recipients are responsible for paying duties and taxes on items. Please note that only products under 42 in. in length will be shipped overseas.

Pick Up In Store: We offer in store pick up for your convenience. If you live locally or plan on coming our way, you can have your order ready and waiting for you at the Huntington Store, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.


Returns

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days.

Merchandise may be returned to the Huntington Store during regular store hours with an original receipt. Gift Cards, Seasonal, Clearance, Calendars, Used, Worn, Food, Teas, and Estate and Trunk Show Merchandise are Non-Returnable.

Shipping, handling, and gift wrap charges are not refundable.

Gift Cards are non-transferable, non-refundable and are not redeemable for cash.

To return merchandise purchased by phone or online please call 626-405-3433 or email us at thestore@huntington.org for return instructions.

Recently Viewed Products