Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem Essays - FSG Classics

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Synopsis

Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion's first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the "best prose written in this country."

More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion's focus, exploring subjects such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Joyce Carol Oates remarked: "[Didion] has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control."

Book information

ISBN: 9780374531386
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub date:
DEWEY: 814.54
Language: English
Sales rank: 5565
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 226g
Height: 144mm
Width: 210mm
Spine width: 18mm