Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore

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7.4 X 1.0 X 9.7 inches | 1.9 pounds
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About the Author

Terry Newman worked in the fashion industry for more than twenty-five years, both as an editor at i-D, Attitude, and Self Service and as a contributing writer for newspapers including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, and the Sunday Times. She has also written and presented fashion programs in the United Kingdom for Channel 4 (She's Gotta Have It and Slave). The author of Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore (Harper Design), she has contributed to books including i-D's Fashion Now, Fashion Now 2, and Soul i-D. She currently lectures at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom, England and lives in London with her husband and two children.


One of Spring 2017's Top Ten Art, Architecture & Photography Books--Publishers Weekly, Dec. 12, 2016 Issue
"The book includes beautiful photographs, witty text and a passage from each writer's work. Cover model Joan Didion is my style icon."--Baltimore Style Magazine
"In this unique examination of legendary authors and their personal style, Newman provides rare intimacy with the likes of Beckett, Plath, Wilde, Donna Tartt and even Jacqueline Susann through anecdotes, archival photos, quotations and more."--Indulge Magazine
"I cannot put this book down; it is absolute joy. I have laughed out loud so many times and there are photos of my favourite authors I've never seen before. Highly recommended."--Lulu Guinness, Instagram, June 2017
"Fascinating.... Great idea by Terry Newman"--Alexandra Shulman, Former Editor in Chief of British Vogue
"The style quirks of 49 authors, from...writers like Virginia Woolf and the Fitzgeralds to Samuel Beckett and Gay Talese (who has worn bespoke suits since childhood)."--New York Magazine, The Cut
"The connection between the wardrobes and viewpoints of legendary writers may not seem at all obvious on first glance, but rifle through their drawers, and personalities appear and evolve. In Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore, you'll meet legendary authors who wore their hearts and words on their sleeves."--Elle.com
"Newman explores the fascinating relationship between literary icons and fashion. She profiles 50 writers in her new book, examining their style choices in the greater context of their lives and bodies of work."--Paste Magazine
" ...makes a good case for studying authors' sartorial choices...a chance to discover whose understated ensemble matches their minimalist prose, or who dressed-down on the daily, saving their flair for the page."--Los Angeles Times
"'Where would fashion be without literature?' Diana Vreeland once said. Somewhere far less interesting, contends Terry Newman in Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore. Because great writers are "originals," their signature looks (like the minimalist flair of Newman's cover girl, Joan Didion) have inspired designers through the ages."--People Magazine
"A new book celebrates 50 of the most memorably stylish authors, from Oscar Wilde to Joan Didion. "Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore," new from Terry Newman, offers gorgeous black-and-white photographs of writers who are as satisfying to look at as they are to read."--Houston Chronicle
"The most counterintuitive book of the summer thus far.... [Newman's] surprisingly convincing thesis is that the sartorial choices authors make are deeply connected to the narrative choices they make -- or, as Beckett put it, 'the fabric of language' they use."--Vanessa Friedman, the New York Times
"Didion and Knausgaard are among 50 writers whose style is explored in an engaging new book... Newman finds that clothing is a valuable form of self-expression: a strong look can take an author far beyond the cultural confines of the bookshelf."--The Financial Times
"Who knew there were so many snappily dressed authors? From Donna Tartt's glamorous tailoring ...to Tom Wolfe's attention seeking three piece white suits, they're featured, in all their sartorial glory in a new book that scampers past the sturm and drang of the books to the important stuff: clothes."--Telegraph
"The essence of Newman's book -- and what's most intriguing -- is the way in which she highlights how much writers' real-life fashion choices reveal about their prose and personality."--Tory Burch Blog-Tory Daily
Rumpled writers are rarely associated with sartorial splendor, but this eye-opening peek into famous authors' closets makes quite a fashion statement.--USA Today
"... Intricate and poignant ... Newman's immensely enjoyable book ranges from the 19th century to the present and rearranges the literary canon with abandon to illuminating and sometimes comic effect.... The juxtapositions are playful but not trivial. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the women and the gay men make the most interesting studies."--The London Review of Books