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Slouching Towards Bethlehem - (FSG Classics) by Joan Didion (Paperback)

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  • Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion's first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing.
  • About the Author: Joan Didion (1934-2021) was the National Book Award-winning author of many works of fiction and nonfiction.
  • 256 Pages
  • Literary Collections, Essays
  • Series Name: FSG Classics

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Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion's first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the "best prose written in this country."

More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion's focus, exploring subjects such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Joyce Carol Oates remarked: "[Didion] has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control."



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"In her portraits of people, Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naive acid-trippers, left wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful . . . A rich display of some of the best prose written today in this country." --Dan Wakefield, The New York Times Book Review



About the Author



Joan Didion (1934-2021) was the National Book Award-winning author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. After earning a Bachelor's degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley, she started her literary career writing articles and essays for Vogue, Mademoiselle, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and National Review, establishing herself as a prominent member of the New Journalism movement. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, Didion's revelatory memoir The Year of Magical Thinking was adapted as a one-woman stage show starring Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway. She also wrote several screenplays with her husband John Gregory Dunne, including Panic in Needle Park with Al Pacino, the second remake of A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and an adaptation of her own Play It As It Lays with Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.22 Inches (H) x 5.54 Inches (W) x .77 Inches (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Essays
Series Title: FSG Classics
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Paperback
Author: Joan Didion
Language: English
Street Date: October 28, 2008
TCIN: 11326040
UPC: 9780374531386
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-3069
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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