Joan Didion has died on the age of 87, her writer A.A. Knopf has confirmed.
The legendary essayist, novelist and screenwriter — who has lengthy been revered as one among America’s preeminent writers — handed away at her Manhattan house Thursday morning because of problems from Parkinson’s illness.
She is preceded in dying by her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and their daughter, Quintana Roo.
Didion is finest recognized for chronicling the Nineteen Sixties counterculture in her groundbreaking e book of essays “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” She additionally received the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction for best-selling memoir “The Year of Magic Thinking.”
In 2012, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by then-President Barack Obama, who described her as one of many “sharpest and most respected observers of American politics and culture.”
Didion, born in Sacramento in 1934, was the descendant of pioneers who crossed the Donner Pass in California within the nineteenth century.
The daughter of an Army Air Corps member, Didion steadily moved round as a baby, earlier than graduating from the University of California, Berkley again in 1956. She launched into a writing profession after profitable a Vogue essay contest in her senior 12 months.