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

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Item Number: 79043

New York: The Modern Library, 2000.

First Modern Library edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick.

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."