Joan Didion

Joan Didion

Joan Didion is an American essayist, novelist, and screenwriter known for conveying her fierce sense of morality through her works. She was a reporter in her native California during the 1960s and brought the subcultures of California to national attention. Didion worked at Vogue magazine for more than a decade, and much of her work is associated with the New Journalism movement. In 1991, she wrote the earliest mainstream media article to suggest the Central Park Five had been wrongfully convicted.

Lauded globally, Didion won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2005 and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography for The Year of Magical Thinking, which explores Didion’s grief following the death of her husband and daughter. Barbara Caruso narrates the audiobook The Year of Magical Thinking, and her performance captures Didion’s pain and ultimate survival.

Didion’s eclectic body of work includes novels, such as The Last Thing He Wanted and Play It As It Lays; nonfiction, such as Slouching Towards Bethlehem and Where I Was From; and screenplays, such as The Panic in Needle Park and Up Close and Personal. She lives in New York City.
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