On Self-Respect: Joan Didion’s 1961 Essay for Vogue 🔗 📚 ✍️ 📖

Here, in its original layout, is Joan Didion’s seminal essay ‘Self-respect: Its Source, Its Power,’ which was first published in Vogue in 1961, and which was republished as ‘On Self-Respect’ in the author’s 1968 collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem.​ Didion wrote the essay as the magazine was going to press, to fill the space left after another writer did not produce a piece on the same subject. She wrote it not to a word count or a line count, but to an exact character count.

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