Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)

4.18 avg rating
( 41,274 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780374531386: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America―particularly California―in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

Upon its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem confirmed Joan Didion as one of the most prominent writers on the literary scene. Her unblinking vision and deadpan tone have influenced subsequent generations of reporters and essayists, changing our expectations of style, voice, and the artistic possibilities of nonfiction.
"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 naive 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."
In essay after essay, Didion captures the dislocation of the 1960s, the disorientation of a country shredding itself apart with social change. Her essays not only describe the subject at hand--the murderous housewife, the little girl trailing the rock group, the millionaire bunkered in his mansion--but also offer a broader vision of America, one that is both terrifying and tender, ominous and uniquely her own.
Joyce Carol Oates has written, "Joan Didion is one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe. Her powerful irony is often sorrowful rather than clever. . . . She has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control."

From the Back Cover:

"A slant vision that is arresting and unique . . . Didion might be an observer from another planet--one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves."
        --Anne Tyler

"The story between the lines of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is surely not so much 'California' as it is [Didion's] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it."
        --Alfred Kazin

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250160652: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (Picador Modern Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1250160650 ISBN 13: 9781250160652
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics, 2017
Hardcover

9780008284640: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

HARPER...
Softcover

9780374521721: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

Farrar..., 1990
Softcover

9780374266363: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Farrar..., 1968
Hardcover

9780007115228: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1960s A)

Harper..., 2001
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Seller Image

1.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Paperback Quantity available: 19
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780374531386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Softcover Quantity available: 10
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Condition: New. BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780374531386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

3.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux 10/28/2008 (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Paperback or Softback Quantity available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux 10/28/2008, 2008. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780374531386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Paperback Quantity available: > 20
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # 0374531382

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Paperback Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Booklot
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 530ZZZ00FTF8_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Joan Didion
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Paperback Quantity available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc, United States, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English. Brand new Book. Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion's first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the "best prose written in this country." More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion's focus, exploring subjects such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Joyce Carol Oates remarked: "[Didion] has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control.". Seller Inventory # ABZ9780374531386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 52YZZZ006ASY_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 531ZZZ0084BJ_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 535ZZZ00848Q_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Didion, Joan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN 10: 0374531382 ISBN 13: 9780374531386
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
PublisherOverstocks
(Taunton, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 533ZZZ00842O_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book