Joan Didion
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Author Joan Didion through the years

Joan Didion, pictured in 2007, says that with “Blue Nights” she tried to do “something really personal.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Didion accepts the 2007 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 58th National Book Awards in New York. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
Didion poses in front of a portrait of her husband, screenwriter and novelist John Gregory Dunne, in her New York apartment. Didion’s memoir, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” deals with her grief after Dunne’s sudden death from a heart attack in December 2003. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
Daughter Quintana with Joan Didion and John Dunne at her graduation from Westlake in 1984. (Courtesy of Joan Didion)
Didion and her husband, John Dunne, in their Malibu home in 1977. (Associated Press)
Didion reads to her young daughter, Quintana Roo, in 1969. (Los Angeles Times file photo)