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Joan Didion

Author, Screenwriter (born 5-Dec-1934)


Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf. 2005. 227pp. The death of husband John Gregory Dunne and illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael.

Joan Didion. Blue Nights. Harper Collins. 2011. 192pp.

Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking. Alfred A. Knopf. 2005. 227pp.

Sharon Felton (editor). The Critical Response to Joan Didion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1993. 304pp.

Ellen G. Friedman (editor). Joan Didion: Essays and Conversations. Princeton, NJ: Ontario Review Books. 1984.

Katherine Usher Henderson. Joan Didion. New York: Ungar. 1981. 164pp.

Michelle Carbone Loris. Innocence, Loss and Recovery in the Art of Joan Didion. New York: Peter Lang. 1989. 160pp.

Janis P. Stout. Strategies of Reticence: Silence and Meaning in the Works of Jane Austen, Willa Cather, Katherine Anne Porter, and Joan Didion. University of Virginia Press. 1994. 228pp.

Marc Weingarten. The Gang that Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution. Crown Publishers. 2006. 325pp.

Mark Royden Winchell. Joan Didion. Boston, MA: Twayne. 1989.


  1. Joan Didion, The Art of Nonfiction No. 1
    by Hilton Als. The Paris Review, 2006.

  2. How Joan Didion the Writer Became Joan Didion the Legend
    Joan Didion arrived in Los Angeles in 1964 on the way to becoming one of the most important writers of her generation, a cultural icon who changed L.A.'s perception of itself. Lili Anolik mines the author's early years to examine Didion before all that.
    by Lili Anolik. , Feb-2016.

  3. The Autumn of Joan Didion
    The writer's work is a triumph -- and a disaster.
    by Caitlin Flanagan. The Atlantic, Jan-2012.

  4. Joan Didion Interview
    by Sheila Heti. The Believer, 2015.

  5. Joan Didion, The Art of Fiction No. 71
    by Linda Kuehl. The Paris Review, 1978.

  6. Out of Bethlehem
    The radicalization of Joan Didion.
    by Louis Menand. The New Yorker, 24-Aug-2015.

  7. When Everything Changes
    Joan Didion on John, Quintana, her devastating memoir, and her persistent critics.
    by Jonathan Van Meter. New York Magazine, 23-Feb-2011.


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  5. Wikipedia [link]

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  7. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  8. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.180)

  9. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.418)

  10. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.67)

  11. World Authors 1970-1975 (pp.204-06)

  12. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.202)

  13. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.136)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.273)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.190)

  16. Public Intellectuals: A Study in Decline (p.196)

  17. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.148)

  18. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.144)

  19. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, p.704)

  20. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (p.292)

  21. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.168)

  22. Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (p.249)

  23. Legends in Their Own Time (p.67)

  24. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.4)

  25. Literary Journalism: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors (p.65)

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