Lot 3

Joan Didion's Favorite Books from the Library of Joan Didion

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Including: A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway; Victory, by Joseph Conrad; Guerrillas, by V.S. Naipaul; Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell; Wonderland, by Joyce Carol Oates; The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford; Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara; The Executioner's Song, by Norman Mailer; Speedboat, by Renata Adler; Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin; The Berlin Stories, by Christopher Isherwood; Collected Poems, by Robert Lowell; Collected Poems, by W.H. Auden; and The Collected Poems, by Wallace Stevens. All with bookplates from the Library of Joan Didion.

Note: Didion wrote out a list of nineteen books on a piece of graph paper that has become known as her 'favorite book list.' Included are books by authors whose influence Didion has written and spoken about, as well as three collections of poetry. This lot contains fifteen of the nineteen books. 


All with wear consistent with age and use.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.