Didion, Joan

Introductory Notes

Joan Didion, author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays, is known primarily as an incisive essayist on politics and culture, particularly popular culture and the media. Along with Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal she was a force behind the rise of New Journalism.

Her work has been published in various periodicals, including Saturday Evening PostEsquireVogueAmerican ScholarMademoiselleNational ReviewHolidayThe New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

Joan Didion was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 2006. You can read more about her here.

Books by Joan Didion


  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968)

  • The White Album (1979)

  • Salvador (1983)

  • Miami (1987)

  • After Henry (1992)

  • Political Fictions (2001)

  • Where I Was From (2003)

  • The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)


  • Run River (1963)

  • Play it As it Lays (1970)

  • A Book of Common Prayer (1977)

  • Democracy (1984)

  • The Last Thing He Wanted (1996)

Screenplays (cowritten with husband John Gregory Dunne)

  • The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

  • Play It As It Lays (1973) 

  • A Star Is Born (1977) 

  • True Confessions (1982) 

  • Hills Like White Elephants (1990)

  • Broken Trust (1995) 

  • Up Close and Personal (1995) 

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