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Joan Didion letters : to Herb Yellin, Northridge, California, 1978-2004.
BANC MSS 2015/27
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Joan Didion letters: to Herb Yellin, Northridge, California, 1978-2004


Didion, Joan, creator, correspondent.


Yellin, Herb, correspondent.


Dunne, John Gregory, 1932-2003, correspondent.


Lord John Press


Six handwritten notes dated August 30, 1978, May 2, 1981, November 10, 1984, October 5, 1996, February 18, 2004, and one undated. In all Didion thanks Yellin for various kindnesses, and in one she mentions stories she will be sending soon (1978). Includes one note to Yellin, dated February 14, 1992, from her husband John Gregory Dunne saying that Didion will have more stories soon.


1978 (issued)


Didion, Joan -- Correspondence
Dunne, John Gregory -- 1932-2003 -- Correspondence
Yellin, Herb -- Correspondence
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Joan Didion letters : to Herb Yellin, Northridge, California, 1978-2004, BANC MSS 2015/27, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Ralph B. Sipper; 20140520.
Joan Didion was born on December 5, 1934 in Sacramento, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. After college she worked for Vogue in New York where she met her husband John Gregory Dunne, and completed her first novel, "Run, River." She went on to publish more novels, as well as memoirs, literary magazine articles, and screenplays which are most famous for their attention to sentence structure and powerful themes. In 2005 she was awarded the National Award for Nonfiction, in 2007 the National Book Foundation's annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, in 2009 and 2011 respectively honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale Universities, and in 2001 the National Medals of Arts and Humanities presented by President Barack Obama.
Herbert Yellin was born on January 24, 1935 in Malden, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy as Yeoman First Class. In 1960 he moved to California and lived most of his life in the San Fernando Valley. He was married to Patricia Ann from 1960 until her death in 1994. Yellin was a book publisher and founded Lord John Press in 1978. He died on June 13, 2014 in Porter Ranch, California.
John Gregory Dunne was born on May 25, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University in 1954. He met Joan Didion in New York in the 1950s, and they married at California's Mission San Juan Bautista on January 30, 1964. In 1966, he and Didion adopted a baby girl at birth, and named her Quintana Roo. The couple often worked together on articles and assignments, and collaborated in writing and editing efforts. Dunne wrote both fiction and non-fiction books, articles, screenplays, literary critcism, and essays. He died in Manhattan, New York of a heart attack on December 30, 2003, and his final novel was published posthumously in 2004.
In English.

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BANC MSS 2015/27