New York Public Library Acquires Joan Didion’s Papers

“Our jaws are gaping,” says Kiely.

Their first visit coincided with a Last year’s auction of Didion’s personal effectsbest seller price — $9,000 for a blank notebook, $10,500 for some stained pots and pans — they watched in amazement. (Kiely says the auction raised a total of $1.9 million for charitable causedoes not affect the price paid for an undisclosed repository.)

The auction, Kiely added, “tells us a lot about the great fondness for Joan Didion – not just her work, but something about her authoritative personality that we can see.” people find it both attractive and sought to imitate.”

And the archive, Golia says, reflects Didion’s cultivated awareness of her self-expression.

“With female writers, they are managing their own literary talent and also managing their image,” she said. “She is very talented in both areas. She knows exactly what she’s doing.”

The archive, Golia said, does not include personal diaries. But it provided a great deal of personal correspondence, including letters from family (more than 140 of which were from her college years and Vogue) and correspondence with the couple’s many friends and colleagues. couples, including Richard Avedon, Helen Gurley Brown, Michael Crichton, Nora Ephron, Allen Ginsberg, Lillian Hellman, Diane Keaton, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Norman Lear, Jacqueline Onassis, Philip Roth and Charles Schulz.

Golia said there was a “touching” correspondence with John Wayne (about whom Didion wrote his 1965 essay “John Wayne: A Love Song”) and letters from Tennessee Williams, including a photograph. Dried flower grafts are credited to her since 1973.

Kiely said: Williams “was someone who recognized Didion’s outstanding talent right away, became quite enamored and close to her.


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