Joan Didion, Titan of Literature, Dies at 87

Joan Didion, a resounding voice in American literature who deeply captured the sixties and California through delicate and beautiful language, died Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 87 years old.

The famous writer’s cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, according to an email sent by her publisher, Paul Bogaards, an executive at Knopf. New York Times. Her friend, writer Hilton Als, also confirmed the news on Instagram. He posted a black square with the simple caption: “Joan Didion. 12.5.34-12.23.21. ”

Didion’s death occurred eighteen years after her husband, John Gregory Dunne, died of a heart attack at the age of 71 in 2003. Two years later, Didion’s daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, died of pancreatitis and shock. infection. Didion wrote about their overcoming and the extent of grief in her 2005 book The Year of Magical Thinking, won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

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2005 Hall of Fame Photographed by Annie Leibovitz By James Wolcott

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