Edie, an American Biography - Study Guide Chapters 5-9 Summary & Analysis

Jean Stein
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Alice "Saucie" Sedgwick was born in 1931, the first child of Francis and Alice. Saucie got her nickname because when she was born her father said she looked like a sausage. At the time, the family divided their time between the Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island and Santa Barbara.

Because of Francis' poor nervous system, his professors at Harvard Business School encouraged him to develop his artistic side. The Sedgwick children believe that their father carried a sense of shame for not becoming a banker, as was popular in the day. Instead Francis Sedgwick devoted himself to becoming a sculptor. He was also well known for being obsessive about physical fitness and appearances. According to Saucie, Francis Sedgwick never wanted to have children and seems to have little interest in their activities. Minturn Sedgwick, Francis' brother, relays a story about the number of...

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