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South and West : from a notebook

Author: Joan Didion; Nathaniel Rich
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author's literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative "Rolling Stone" assignment.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Essays
Named Person: Joan Didion; Joan Didion; Patricia Hearst; Joan Didion; Patricia Hearst
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Didion; Nathaniel Rich
ISBN: 9781524732790 1524732796
OCLC Number: 961249703
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description: xx, 126 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Notes on the South --
California notes.
Other Titles: Prose works.
Responsibility: Joan Didion ; foreword by Nathaniel Rich.

Abstract:

Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author's literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative "Rolling Stone" assignment.

Joan Didion has always kept notebooks of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays, and copies of articles. "Notes on the South" traces a road trip she took with her husband John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Her acute observations about the small towns they pass through, her interviews with prominent local figures, and their preoccupation with race, class, and heritage seem to suggest a South largely unchanged today. "California notes" began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the West, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento.

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