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Dawn Eden (full name Dawn Eden Goldstein, born September 3, 1968) is an American author and freelance journalist who was formerly a rock historian and tabloid-newspaper headline writer. Her book The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (W Publishing Group/Thomas Nelson, 2006, ISBN 0-8499-1311-X) has been translated into Spanish,[1] Polish,[2] and Chinese.[3]


Eden was born into a Reform Jewish household. She began writing about independent-label rock music under the abbreviated name Dawn Eden in 1985 for rock fanzines, eventually becoming a popular-music historian, writing for Mojo, Salon, New York Press, and Billboard, among others. During the 1990s, she co-authored The Encyclopedia of Singles and contributed to other books, including Mojo's The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook the World.

She has also penned liner notes for eighty CD reissues and released one recording of her own, a cover of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know" on the Stiff Records tribute album, The Stiff Generation. Artists she interviewed for liner notes, magazine articles or radio include Harry Nilsson (his last interview),[4] Brian Wilson, Del Shannon, and Lesley Gore.

In October 1999, Eden, by then an agnostic, had what she describes in The Thrill of the Chaste as a “born-again experience." Transformed into a “committed Christian," she gradually left the world of rock journalism. Her last music-business job was handling PR for the World Trade Center’s oldies concert series in the summer of 2001.[5]

She worked as a copy editor at the New York Post, first on a part-time basis and later full-time, from early 2002 to January 2005. In April 2004, she wrote a headline about a toilet-bowl collapse that would win first place in the "Brightest Headline" category of the New York State Associated Press Awards: "HURT IN LINE OF DOODY."[6][7] Her forced departure from the Post, which was after changes she made to a story revealed her pro-life sympathies, was the subject of a feature by George Gurley in the New York Observer, "Eden in Exile."[8] Eden asserted in the Observer article and, the following year, in her Wall Street Journal review of the book Fired![9] that, prior to her firing, she was warned against identifying herself as a New York Post employee when giving interviews in which she discussed her Christian faith.

In April 2005, Dawn Eden was hired by the New York Daily News as associate news editor of its newly relaunched National Edition. Later that year, she became deputy news editor for the newspaper's new weekly regional editions. She also contributed a blogging column to the News and edited its regular feature "Big Town, Big Heart." During her time there, she freelanced for The Wall Street Journal and National Review Online, and her book The Thrill of the Chaste was published in December 2006.

Eden left the Daily News to join the Cardinal Newman Society in July 2007 as the first director of its Love & Responsibility Program. While there, she co-organized the "Modest Proposals" seminar at Ethics and Public Policy Center, which included talks by authors Wendy Shalit, Dr. Miriam Grossman, and Laura Sessions Stepp.[10] She also organized the Sisters of Life's first-ever on-campus training for students seeking to learn how to support peers in crisis pregnancies.[11] In December 2007, she left the Cardinal Newman Society after the organization moved to refocus its priorities on research rather than outreach. [12]

In 2008, Eden was successfully treated for thyroid cancer.[13]

Since the publication of The Thrill of the Chaste, Eden has spoken on chastity and related topics to college students and young adults in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Poland, and at World Youth Day 2008.[14] She has also appeared on EWTN and on NBC's Today Show.[15]


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