Author and editor Jean Stein led a life of letters and ideas that
ranged from a recent study of mid-20th-century Los Angeles to a classic
take on Edie Sedgwick to her tenure at the helm of the Paris Review and,
later, the magazine Grand Street.
Stein’s own story came to a close Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and
other news outlets reported that, according to the New York Police
Department, Stein, 83, had jumped that morning from a 15-story building
in Manhattan. A spokesperson for The Nation magazine, which is headed up
by Stein’s daughter, Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, also
confirmed Stein’s death.