New York: New York Review Books, 2003. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's red and black printed stiff paper wraps, black printed pattern to verso of wraps.
"I had expected to find the annihilating economy of the event – the way in which it had concentrated the complicated arrangements and misarrangements of the last century into a single irreducible image – being explored, made legible. On the contrary, I found that what had happened was being processed, obscured, systematically leached of history and so of meaning, finally rendered less readable than it had seemed on the morning it happened." First separate printing of Didion's Robert B. Silvers Lecture given at the New York Public Library on November 13, 2002, and first published in the January 16, 2003 issue of the New York Review of Books. With a preface by New York Times columnist Rich. Designed by Milton Glaser. Early owner signature in pencil to half-title. Lightest rubbing to corners. Near fine. Item #189