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Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California and graduated with a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a novelist, essayist and screenwriter for more than three decades and was awarded the 1996 Edward MacDowell Medal and the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award.

Her novels include Run River (1963), Play It As It Lays (1970), A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Her non-fiction includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1978), Salvador (1983), Miami (1987) and After Henry (1992). Ms. Didion and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, have co-authored the screenplays The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Play It As It Lays (1973), A Star Is Born (1977), True Confessions (1982), Hills Like White Elephants (1990) and Up Close and Personal (1995). She has lectured at various colleges and universities including UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, Bard, Yale, and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Ms. Didion currently lives in New York with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Her new collection of essays, Political Fictions, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in September 2001.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: United States Politics and government 1989-Political culture United States History 20th century, Presidents United States Election History 20th century, Presidents United States Election 2000, Political campaigns United States History 20th century