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Joan Didion’s favourite books


The Brainpicker blog has highlighted Joan Didion’s list of her favourite books of all-time. Lots of classics including Henry James, Hemingway, Orwell, Emily Brontë, James Baldwin and the poetry of WH Auden, Robert Lowell and Wallace Stevens.

Born in 1934, Didion’s literary career began in 1963 with her debut novel, Run, River. In 2005, Didion won a new generation of fans with The Year of Magical Thinking, a non-fiction classic describing the year after the death of her husband. Here’s the list:

Joan Didion’s Favourite Books

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Victory by Joseph Conrad

Guerrillas by V.S. Naipaul

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

Speedboat by Renata Adler

The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

The Novels of Henry James  (Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, Daisy Miller, The Aspern Papers, The Turn of the Screw)

Speedboat by Renata Adler

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Collected Poems by Robert Lowell

Collected Poems by W.H. Auden

The Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens

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