Joan Didion (1934 – 2021)

1960s: Days of Rage

Joan Didion (/ˈdɪdiən/; December 5, 1934 – December 23, 2021) was an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. Her writing during the 1960s through the late 1970s engaged audiences in the realities of the counterculture of the 1960s and the Hollywood lifestyle. Her political writing often concentrated on the subtext of political and social rhetoric. … During her seven years at Vogue, Didion worked her way up from promotional copywriter to associate feature editor. Mademoiselle published Didion’s article ‘Berkeley’s Giant: The University of California’ in January 1960. While at Vogue, and homesick for California, she wrote her first novel, Run, River (1963), about a Sacramento family as it comes apart. Writer and friend John Gregory Dunne helped her edit the book and they moved into…

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