"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.

Item Number: 75097

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.

First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.

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."