“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)
“A testament to the notion that reading and writing never go out of style, this beautifully designed book is sure to captivate lovers of fine literature and dedicated followers of fashion.” (The Entertainment Report)
“.… Newman’s book should be a coffee table regular. It’s a conversation starter for anyone who enjoys both the fashion and literary worlds…. [Newman] provides thoughtful analyses on authors such as Samuel Beckett, George Sand, Oscar Wilde, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Maya Angelou.” (TransAtlantic Mode)
“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)
“Terry Newman unpacks the stylish side of writers like Oscar Wilde, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Zadie Smith, showing how their work and wardrobes have influenced each other.” (Fashion Online)
“Fascinating…. Great idea by Terry Newman” (Alexandra Shulman, Former Editor in Chief of British Vogue)
“Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore is an invaluable and engaging look at the writers we love—and why we love what they wear—that is sure to captivate lovers of great literature and sophisticated fashion.” (Pop Culture Guy)
“The most counterintuitive book of the summer those 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)
“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)
From the Back Cover
Delving into the wardrobes of literary icons—past and present—and the way they write about clothes provides a glimpse into the world they each inhabited and their moment in time. A testament to the notion that reading and writing never go out of style, Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore is sure to captivate lovers of fine literature and dedicated followers of fashion.
A collection of icons of literature and the sartorial stories they tell, this innovative gift book presents fifty fully illustrated profiles of prominent men and women of letters, highlighting their key works, signature fashion moments from their wardrobe that express their persona, and how they influence the fashion world today. This segues into an examination of how a particular
item of clothing or style makes up part of fashion’s lingua franca, getting under the skin of the fashion story and going into more detail about its historical trajectory and distinctive impact on popular culture.
Entertaining features—revealing anecdotes about the authors and their work, archival photography, first-person quotations, little-known facts, and clothing-oriented excerpts that exemplify their writing style—make this a lively look at the authors we love.