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Joan Didion, a US literary icon, dead at 87

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New York (AFP) – Joan Didion, a US literary icon credited with ushering in New Journalism with her essays on Los Angeles life in the tumultuous 1960s, died on Thursday. She was 87. Known for her piercing insights and understated glamor, Didion died at her home in Manhattan of Parkinson’s disease, the New York Times said, citing her publisher. Didion’s early work included her seminal 1968 essay collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” —¬†which delighted critics and made her a bona fide star — as well as “The White Album,”¬†another essay collection focusing on LA, and “Play It as It Lays,” a nov…

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