Joan Didion

Nadine Caridi

Novelist Joan Didion is a famous American author, journalist and playwright. She is best known for Up Close and Personal in 1996, The Panic in Needle Park in 1971 and A star Is Born in 1976.


Novelist Joan Didion was born on 5 December, 1934 in Sacramento, California, US. She holds an American nationality. She belongs to white ethnicity.

She got married to John Gregory Dunne. The couple adopted a cute girl child. They gave a name Quintana Roo to their baby.

Currently, she was 82 years old. She is interested on writing since her childhood. She is living her life of passion. Professionally, she is an American author.

Early life and education

She was born in Sacramento, California. She grew- up in the same place except for several years during the period of World War II. She moved nearer to her father in the Army Air Corps with her mother and brother.

During her early days, she was a shy and a bookish child. She read everything which she get in her hand for study. She needed written permission from her mother to read the adult books for borrowing. She reduced her shyness through her acting and public speaking.

She studied at the University of California, Berkeley. She became the winner in an essay contest in the final year of her study in the University of California. This contest was sponsored by Vogue magazine. Her first prize became a job in the magazine’s New York office.

Novelist Joan Didion stayed for two years at Vogue. Due to her efforts and contribution, she was upgrading from research assistant to contributing writer.

Career and net worth

She continued her writing career after upgrading from research assistant to contributing writer at Vogue. Later, she published many articles in other magazines.

She wrote a novel Run River for the first time in 1963. But the novel was sold poorly in the market. However, it was attracted with appropriate reviews. After that, she was offered a contract to write next book.

In 2004, she started writing The Year of Magical Thinking. This is based on the narration of her response to the death of her husband.

In 2006, Everman’s Library published We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. This includes her first seven published nonfiction books which are Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami, After Henry, Political Fictions, and Where I Was From.

She started working in the stage adaptation of The Year of Magical Thinking in 2007. Later, Knopf had published Blue Nights in 2011. This book is mainly focused on her daughter. The reason is that her daughter died before the publication of The Year of Magical Thinking.

She earns huge amount of money from her writing career. But her current net worth is not clearly known.

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Personal life

While talking about her personal life, she got married with John Gregory Dunne in 1964. John Gregory is an aspiring novelist. He wrote for Time magazine.

Later, the couple migrated to Los Angeles for staying together for six month. But the relationship ended up by making their own home there for the next two decades or more. The couple adopted a cute baby girl on the eastern coast of Mexico. They gave a named Quintana Roo to their baby.

In 1960, the couple got an opportunity for writing in the personal mode which is becoming known as the New Journalism. After that, they are associated with the writers Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson and Gay Tales.

In 1968, her essays on the ‘60s counterculture’ were collected in the volume Slouching Towards Bethlehem. This book became her signature works of the decades which was published to critical acclaim.

Novelist Joan Didion published her second novel Play It As it Lays in 1970. Later, she worked in collaboration with Dunne and they wrote the screenplay for the film Panic in Needle Park in 1971.

Unfortunately, both her husband and her adopted daughter are no more in her life as they both are dead. Husband died o heart attack and daughter from similar disease.

Global recognition                                                

Novelist Joan Didion is widely known for Up Close and Personal in 1996, The Panic in Needle Park I 1971, and A Star Is Born in 1976. She is a famous American author, journalist and playwright.

She is honored with St. Louis Literary Award in 2002. She received this award from the Saint Louis University.

Later, she was awarded with National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Year of Magical Thinking. Also, she got the National Book Foundation’s annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2009 by Harvard University. Later, she became the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. This was to be presented by President Barack Obama.

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