Title:Joan Didion letters to Peggy LaViolette Powell, 1955 -2004 (bulk 1955-1960)
Creator/Contributor:Didion, Joan, creator, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Powell, Peggy LaViollette, correspondent.
Contains six letters written in 1955 covering Joan Didion's travels by train from New York to Boston, Quebec, Chicago, and
Sacramento and at the University of California, Berkeley. She describes her encounters with other people aboard trains, life
at home in Sacramento, Calif. and being a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. Includes three other letters,
from 1958 to 1960, while Joan Didion was working for Vogue Magazine in New York City and one handwritten note from 2004. Also
includes one issue of Mademoiselle magazine (August, 1955) that is referenced in one of her letters as being a contributor
and one black and white film negative (4.5 x 7 cm) of an unidentified infant lying on the floor.
Subject:Didion, Joan -- Correspondence
Powell, Peggy LaViollette -- Correspondence
University of California, Berkeley -- Students -- Social life and customs
Authors, American -- California
Railroad travel -- United States
Railroad travel -- Canada
Joan Didion letters to Peggy LaViolette Powell, BANC MSS 84/180 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Peggy LaViollette Powell ; 1980, 2016.
Joan Didion, journalist and novelist, was born in 1934 in Sacramento, California. As an English major at the University of
California, Berkeley, Didion won an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine who subsequently hired her. She worked for Vogue
from 1956 to 1963.
BANC MSS 84/180 c v. 1
BANC MSS 84/180 c v. 2
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