"The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language": First Edition of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Signed by Joan Didion

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem.


Item Number: 81843

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.

First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. A very nice example.

Upon its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem confirmed Joan Didion as one of the most prominent writers on the literary scene. "In her portraits of people," The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naïve 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 rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country." Listed by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

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