Joan Didion was born December 5, 1934, in Sacramento, California. Her first novel was published in 1963; later novels include Play It as It Lays (1970), A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Her essay collections include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979). She has also co-written a number of screenplays with her husband.
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