Reading Joan Didion

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 159 pages
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"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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Contents

A Writers Life
1
Chapter 2 Joan Didion and the Genre
5
Chapter 3 Run River 1963
11
Chapter 4 Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1968
37
Chapter 5 Play It As It Lays 1970
61
Chapter 6 The White Album 1979
81
Chapter 7 Where I Was From 2003
101
Chapter 8 The Year of Magical Thinking 2006
117
Chapter 9 Todays Issues in Joan Didions Work
131
Chapter 10 Pop Culture in Joan Didions Work
135
Chapter 11 Joan Didion on the Internet
139
Chapter 12 Joan Didion and the Media
143
Chapter 13 What Do I Read Next?
147
Resources
151
Index
155
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About the author (2009)

Lynn Marie Houston is assistant professor of American literature in the English Department at California State University, Chico, CA.

William V. Lombardi is a graduate student in the English Department at California State University, Chico, CA.

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