The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip. Joan Didion.
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip
The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip

The White Album, a pre-publication publisher's Advance review copy with the original typed and printed review slip

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. This is a first edition, first printing, pre-publication publisher’s review copy of Joan Didion’s iconic essay collection, The White Album. This copy is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a card from Simon & Schuster. Typed in four lines are the title, author, price, and publication date of “JUNE 19 1979”. The date on this “Advance copy” slip indicates pre-publication circulation, confirmed by the publisher’s printed stipulation “The Publishers would appreciate observance of the release date, and two copies of your review”. The review slip is now protected within a removable, clear, archival sleeve. The quarter blue cloth over red paper-covered boards is clean, square, and tight with only a hint of light sunning to the extreme top edges. The contents are pristine - bright, clean, and free of spotting or markings. The unclipped dust jacket retains its original $9.95 price and is crisp and bright. The only flaw to the jacket noted is a .5 inch closed tear to the bottom of the front panel. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, clear, archival cover. Called the “poet of the Great Californian Emptiness” by Martin Amis, Joan Didion (1934- ) remains one of the foremost voices of the New Journalism style and a quintessential chronicler of California culture in the 1960s and 70s. Didion began her writing career after her graduation from UC Berkeley when an essay contest sponsored by Vogue won her a position as a research assistant at the magazine. Over the next seven years Didion rose through the Vogue offices to a position of associate feature editor. Homesickness for California prompted the writing of her first novel Run, River, set in her hometown of Sacramento, a story of a murder, marriage, and the history of the state. During the editing process Didion enlisted the help of her friend, the writer John Gregory Dunne. One year after her novel’s publication in 1963, the two writers were married and Didion returned to California. In Los Angeles Didion found herself in an ideal position to turn her observations to the seismic social and cultural upheavals of the 60s. The White Album collects twenty of Didion’s essays examining topics as diverse as the Getty Museum, biker gangs, the counter culture, the governor’s mansion, and her fascination with water in the arid landscape of Los Angeles. Following the famous opening line of the title essay, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live”, Didion weaves together her encounters with the famous and infamous including Jim Morrison, Huey Newton, Nancy Reagan, and Manson family member Linda Kasabian with her personal narrative, her memories of life in California, her experiences as a journalist, and her breakdown and stay in a psychiatric facility in 1968. The book was published to immediate critical acclaim with The New York Times saying, “California belongs to Joan Didion.” In 2012 Publisher’s Weekly selected the title essay as one of the Top 10 Essays since 1950, and in 2018 the essay was adapted for the stage. Item #005781

Price: $300.00

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