New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968. First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Upon its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem confirmed Joan Didion as one of the most prominent writers on the literary scene. "In her portraits of people," The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naïve acid-trippers, left-wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful. . . . A rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country." (Inventory #: 75097)
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