Joan Didion (Born 1934) is an American author. Her works include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1979), Play It as It Lays (1970), and Democracy (1980).
Life and Works
Joan Didion was born December 5, 1934, in Sacramento, California, to an Air Force father who traveled during World War Two. She read and wrote stories as a child, though never expected to be a professional writer when she settled in California and attended the University of Berkeley. She worked for Vogue magazine before marrying and becoming a freelance writer and essayist, publishing her first collection of essays in Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Some consider her essays to be elitist takes on disorder, but she is very popular among young writers for magazines such as The Atlantic.She wrote many essays about politics, such as those of the 1960s in The White Album, before mourning her husband's death in The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) and continuing to visit tragedy in her current works.
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