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Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Joan Didion



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01 February 2021
From one of our most iconic and influential writers: twelve pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of this legendary figure.

Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, Didion writes about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to William Randolph Hearst's castle at San Simeon, a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy Reagan to Robert Mapplethorpe, Martha Stewart and Ernest Hemingway.

With an Introduction by Hilton Als, this stunning collection reveals what would become her subjects: the press, politics, California robber barons, women, the act of writing, and her own self-doubt. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9780008451752
ISBN 10:   0008451753
Pages:   96
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JOAN DIDION is the author of five novels, ten books of nonfiction, and a play. Her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, won the National Book Award in 2005. She lives in New York. HILTON ALS is the author of The Women and White Girls. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and teaches at Columbia University.

Reviews for Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Praise for Let Me Tell You What I Mean: 'The peripheral, the specific, the tangible - or, as the writer Hilton Als notes in his foreword, the Didion gaze , the penetrating prose of a reporter who writes with a scalpel - is by far the most compelling theme in Didion's latest collection of essays' Vogue Praise for Joan Didion: 'She writes with a razor' New York Times 'A pioneer of New Journalism, she brilliantly chronicled America's cultural and political life' Guardian 'Everything Didion writes has a land's end edginess to it- a hyper-attentive-eye on the dramas of the human condition. She writes as someone who has come through great shudders of the earth with a fundamental understanding that everything is subject to instantaneous and complete revision' Village Voice 'She is the best chronicler California has' Vogue

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