Reading Joan Didion
Reading Joan Didion is the ideal way to enter this extraordinary and versatile author's world--a world that counts among its citizens burned-out hippies, cynical and delusional players in the film and music scene, and even members of the Charles Manson family.
In addition to looking closely at major works of fiction, Reading Joan Didion also focuses on Didion the essayist, critic, and founding member of the New Journalism Movement, which uses fiction-like narrative techniques to go deeper into subjects that traditional objective reporting allows. Also covered is the rich screenwriting partnership of Didion and husband John Gregory Dunne, and the overwhelming late-career success of The Year of Magical Thinking, written in the aftermath of Dunne's shocking death and completed just before the author's daughter also passed away unexpectedly.
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Chapter 2 Joan Didion and the Genre
Chapter 3 Run River 1963
Chapter 4 Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1968
Chapter 5 Play It As It Lays 1970
Chapter 6 The White Album 1979
Chapter 7 Where I Was From 2003
Chapter 8 The Year of Magical Thinking 2006