Item #5456 The White Album. Joan Didion.
The White Album
The White Album

The White Album

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's dark blue cloth over red paper-covered boards, spine stamped in white, red endpapers, original printed dust jacket.

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience." First edition of Didion's second book of essays. Like her first collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album is comprised of pieces originally published in various leading American magazines, including Esquire, Life, and the New York Review of Books. In the commanding and brilliantly concise tone that has established her as one of the most important essayists of our time, Didion chronicles the fragmented political landscape in California and beyond during the late 1960s and early 70s. In her scrutiny of such personalities and places as the Mason Family, biker gangs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and shopping malls, Didion uncovers and defines a generational malaise she herself was deeply in the thrall of. The opening sentence of the title essay, "we tell ourselves stories in order to live," has become one of her most famous phrases, and in 2006 was used as the title of a comprehensive collection of her nonfiction. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Minor sunning to board edges; unclipped dust jacket with faint sunning to spine, and minor creasing to spine-ends. Near fine. Item #5456

$450.00

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