She was the first child of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou Bouvier III, born just over a year after their wedding in nearby East Hampton, where both her grandparents owned comfortable summer houses in what was virtually Wall-Street-on-Sea.
Within months of her birth, the stock market crash of October 1929 had cast its shadow over the Bouvier family fortunes, giving Jackie and her younger sister, Lee, born four years later, a sense of insecurity and fear of poverty that was to last almost all their lives.
Inland, flat potato fields stretched to the horizon.
The Bouviers' first house was a three-story, verandaed building called Wildmoor on Appaquogue Road; in 1925 the Major's wife, Maude Sergeant, bought Lasata with her father's money.
Rebecca Goss will judge the latest members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘Hotel’.
Rebecca’s first collection, (Carcanet/Northern House), was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and The Portico Prize for Literature 2015.
As a former trial lawyer he was fond of the sound of his own voice and would regularly deliver the speech at the Memorial Day celebrations in East Hampton, which marked the opening of the summer season.
When the Bouviers first arrived in East Hampton as summer visitors in 1912, the place was still a "simple" resort compared with the more sophisticated Southampton, with saltbox houses, a duck pond and a village green sheltered from the ocean by huge sand dunes.
In 2014 Rebecca was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. The Members’ Poems competition sets Poetry Society Members the task of writing a poem or poems on a theme chosen by a leading poet.The poets who made the (sartorial) cut in our Winter 2017 competition on the theme of ‘Elegant’, judged by Tim Turnbull, are: Sharon Black, Jennie Carr, Duncan Chambers, Oliver Comins, Jenny Hill and Carla Scarano D’Antonio – our congratulations to all of them.From early on Jackie became aware of sexual politics within her family, of power emanating from the dominant male, with women as lesser elements competing for his attention.It was a game she quickly learned to play, extracting the maximum she could from the situation.