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The best-loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Hyperion, [2001]

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3 audio discs (approximately 3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.
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Audiobook on CD


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PN6101 .B39 2001D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PN6101 .B39 2001D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Here is the definitive collection of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' favourite poems, selected and introduced by her daughter, Caroline Kennedy. These accessible poems, divided into five comprehensive sections, encouraged and inspired the former First Lady. Now, she shares her favourite poems-the words behind her strong belief in the importance of literature.

Author Notes

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born in New York City on born November 27, 1957 to John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She received an A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1979 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988. She is the author and editor of several books on constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry including In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action, The Right to Privacy, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, A Patriot's Handbook, A Family Christmas, and She Walks in Beauty - A Woman's Journey through Poems. She has also compiled the interview tapes and written the forward for Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Her daughter offers a selection of the late former First Lady's favorite poems, plus a few of her mother's own verses, which, she allows, it would have embarrassed her mother to see in print. Surely she wouldn't have been embarrassed about her daughter's inclusion of three paragraphs from a book for children in which famous people wrote about their favorite childhood reading. The snippet encourages writing as well as reading "the great writers" and names several poets whose work, naturally enough, appears in these pages--Frost, Poe, Dickinson, Cullen, Cummings, Sandburg, Sassoon, and Belloc. Shakespeare, the King James Version, Homer, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Yeats, Hughes, and Bishop are among the other sources drawn upon for sections entitled "America," "First Poems," "Adventure," "Escape," "Romance and Love," and "Reflection." If the chestnut count is high, so is the quality, and the few surprises, such as Jean Toomer's "Brown River, Smile," are knockouts. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have been selected by someone who should know: Caroline Kennedy. While Caroline's two confirmed appearances on the Today Show, a first serial in Good Housekeeping, and further publicity should make this easily the bestselling poetry title of the season, it doesn't hurt that Jackie's taste was excellent. Charming poems from John Clare, Kipling, and a young Jimmy Kennedy are complemented by work from Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop and by 14 b&w family photos. Caroline Kennedy has organized more than 100 poems into seven sections ("America"; "Adventure" etc.), written short, intimate introductions to each and included a small selection of Jackie's own poems. (Oct. 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Introduced and with a running commentary by Caroline Kennedy, these are poems her mother shared with her and that she in turn shares with her own children. It's not surprising, therefore, that many are cute little poems about animals (though written with the adult audience in mind). Others are by Robert Frost (and the tape includes him reading at JFK's inauguration), Shakespeare, Yeats, Dickinson, and several excerpts from the Greek classics. Particularly striking, set against the backdrop of the 1960s when the Kennedy children were growing up, are the poems by Langston Hughes (a particularly memorable piece about a boy looking for the Jim Crow section of the carousel), Countee Cullen, and Jean Toomer. Unfortunately, Kennedy's commentary is wooden and often refers to works not on the tape. The Lord's Prayer, America the Beautiful, and passages from the Bible seem a little too "inspirational." Still, with the inclusion of four poems written by the former First Lady herself, this is bound to be a popular item; recommended for most public libraries. Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.