Ready Reference Treatise: The Year of Magical Thinking
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Chapter One: Introduction
Joan Didion is considered as one of the most important of the writers who emerged during the 1960s and 1970s and who were called New Journalists. Didion was born in 1934 in Sacramento, California. She was the daughter of an Air Force officer and a homemaker. The families of her parents had lived in central California for five generations. Her ancestors were the settlers who had come to the New World in search of better life.
Joan Didion’s writing style is plain and direct and it clearly reflects her ancestry. In most of her famous essays, she presents her home state prominently. She wrote in details about the failures of liberalism and the rise of counter culture movements during the 1960s. Didion’s writings minutely observe the society and the changes taking place in the contemporary society.