Best­selling oral his­tory au­thor Jean Stein dies in New York

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Jean Stein, an au­thor who wrote best­selling oral his­to­ries, has died in New York City. She was 83.

Au­thor­i­ties say Stein ap­par­ently killed her­self by jump­ing from the pent­house floor of a build­ing in up­per Man­hat­tan on Sun­day. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Stein was a for­mer ed­i­tor at the Paris Re­view. In 1970, she and ed­i­tor Ge­orge Plimp­ton pro­duced the oral his­tory “Amer­i­can Jour­ney: The Times of Robert Kennedy.’’ Plimp­ton also edited Stein’s “Edie: Amer­i­can Girl,’’ an oral his­tory of 1960s and Andy Warhol’s muse Edie Sedg­wick.

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