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Slouching towards Bethlehem.

Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A half-century after its initial publication in 1968, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains the essential portrait of America--and California in particular--during the sixties. The remarkable debut essay collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, it explores such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes; growing up in California; the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Didion, Joan.
Slouching towards Bethlehem.
New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux [1968]
(OCoLC)575504459
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Didion
ISBN: 0374521727 9780374521721 9780374531386 0374531382
OCLC Number: 291675
Notes: Essays.
Description: xvi, 238 pages 21 cm
Contents: Life styles of the golden land. Some dreamers of the golden dream --
John Wayne : a love song --
Where the kissing never stops --
Comrade Laski, C.P.U.S.A. (M.-L.) --
7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38 --
California dreaming --
Marrying absurd --
Slouching towards Bethlehem --
Personals. On keeping a notebook --
On self-respect --
I can't get that monster out of my mind --
On morality --
On going home --
Seven places of the mind. Notes from a native daughter --
Letter from Paradise, 21°19' N., 157°52' W --
Rock of ages --
The seacoast of despair --
Guaymas, Sonora --
Los Angeles notebook --
Goodbye to all that.

Abstract:

A half-century after its initial publication in 1968, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains the essential portrait of America--and California in particular--during the sixties. The remarkable debut essay collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, it explores such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes; growing up in California; the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room; and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Dan Wakefield wrote in The New York Times Book Review, 'In her portraits of people, [Didion] is not out to expose but to understand...[She] makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful'"--Back cover.

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