"DIDION HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAVERICK, AN ORIGINAL THINKER": FIRST EDITION OF JOAN DIDION'S FIRST NOVEL, RUN RIVER, INSCRIBED BY HER
DIDION, Joan. Run River. New York: Ivan Obolensky, (1963). Octavo, original blue-green cloth, original dust jacket. $1950.
First edition of Didion's first novel, the stepping stone for a body of work that has created one of the "most distinctive portraits of modern America" (New York Times), inscribed by her, "For W— A California son. J. Didion October 3, 1979."
"Didion has always been a maverick, an original thinker… She has created, in her books, one of the most devastating and distinctive portraits of modern America to be found in fiction or nonfiction." Run River, Didion's first novel, tells the story of a failed marriage and introduces themes that resurface throughout her work: "a yearning after control and order by those who see their lives falling apart; a fatalistic realization that every particular fate is the fruit born of a particular history" (New York Times). "First printing" on copyright page.
Lightest soiling to price-clipped dust jacket. A lovely about-fine inscribed copy.