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Posted at 2:53 PM ET, 04/13/2010

Jackie Kennedy interviews to be released

By Washington Post editors

With the 50th anniversary of her father's inauguration coming next year, Caroline Kennedy is allowing interviews her mother gave to historian and family friend Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. during the first half of 1964 -- just after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated -- to be widely released.

In September 2011, Hyperion will publish the transcripts and release
6 1/2 hours of audiotape, providing a new and extended opportunity to hear the famously breathy voice of Jacqueline Kennedy discuss topics she rarely touched upon in public. Caroline Kennedy will serve as editor and write an introduction for the book, currently untitled, and a historian will provide annotation. (Schlesinger, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died in 2007.)

Jacqueline Kennedy met with Schlesinger at her home in Washington. The former first lady discussed her marriage, her White House years, election-year campaigning and her husband's thoughts about a second term.

The interview is part of what became the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's Oral History and, at Jacqueline Kennedy's request, was kept sealed for an indefinite time. She died in 1994.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
Tags:  Arthur M. Schlesinger, Caroline Kennedy, First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Oral History, Washington DC, White House  
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