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Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, most recently Le Mariage and Le Divorce, two books of essays, two biographies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining. She has been a finalist four times for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards.

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Written by Jane Austen, Afterword by Diane Johnson, Introduction by Margaret Drabble
Signet | Paperback | February 2008
$4.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53083-7 (0-451-53083-7)

Featuring one of her most likeable characters, this sparkling love story set in a seaside resort is Jane Austen’s final finished work.

Since Anne Elliot eight years ago rejected the marriage proposal of Captain Wentworth, a penniless naval officer, she has resigned herself to a quiet life at home, tending to the... Read more

Jane Eyre
Written by Charlotte Bronte, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78332-9 (0-679-78332-6)

Introduction by Diane Johnson
Commentary by G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Rigby, George Saintsbury, and Anthony Trollope
Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world’s most renowned writers, including... Read more

Wuthering Heights
Written by Emily Bronte, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$7.00/8.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75644-3 (0-375-75644-2)

Introduction by Diane Johnson
Commentary by George Henry Lewes, Virginia Woolf, and E. M. Forster
Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847, the year before the author’s death at the age of thirty, endures today as perhaps the most powerful and intensely original novel in the English language. The epic story... Read more

The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window
Written by Raymond Chandler, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2002
$30.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41501-2 (0-375-41501-7)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Raymond Chandler’s first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction.

The Big Sleep, Chandler’s first novel, introduces Philip Marlowe, a private detective inhabiting the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s, as he takes on a... Read more

Paris, Paris
Written by David Downie, Photographed by Alison Harris, Foreword by Diane Johnson
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | April 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-88608-8 (0-307-88608-5)

 “Beautifully written and refreshingly original… makes us see [Paris] in a different light.” -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs... Read more

Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$14.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-452-28563-7 (0-452-28563-1)

In Diane Johnson’s L’Affaire, Amy Hawkins, a smart, pretty Palo Alto girl who made herself a dot-com fortune, goes to France to get a sheen of sophistication and, perhaps, to have an affair that will ruffle her all-too-steady heart.  Amy starts her quest in the French Alps in the town of Valméri... Read more

Le Divorce
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | January 1998
$15.00/16.50(Canada) | 978-0-452-27733-5 (0-452-27733-7)

In Le Divorce, Diane Johnson delightfully recounts the adventures of two sisters from California who make a modern pilgrimage to the City of Light.

Pregnant and abandoned by her French husband, Roxeanne Walker de Persand turns to her younger sister, Isabel, for support, while the powerful Persand family exerts subtle but firm...

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Le Divorce
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$21.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-452-28448-7 (0-452-28448-1)

Soon to be a major motion picture from Merchant Ivory productions starring Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson!

Called "stylish...refreshing...genuinely wise" by The New York Times Book Review, Diane Johnson’s Le Divorce has delighted readers since its publication in 1997.

This delightful comedy of manners and morals, money, marriage, and murder follows smart, sexy...

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Lulu in Marrakech
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$15.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-452-29559-9 (0-452-29559-9)

The two-time Pulitzer Prize and three-time National Book Award-nominated author of Le Divorce returns with a mesmerizing novel of double standards and double agents

In Lulu in Marrakech, Diane Johnson brilliantly exposes the manners and morals of the cultural collision between Islam and the West. Lulu Sawyer arrives in Marrakech... Read more

Lying Low
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | April 1998
$12.95/18.99(Canada) | 978-0-452-27945-2 (0-452-27945-3)

A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four crucial days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, "lying low" and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. Theo Wait, a middle-aged former ballet dancer, and her brother, Anton, have taken in two boarders... Read more

Le Mariage
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | April 2001
$15.00/16.50(Canada) | 978-0-452-28226-1 (0-452-28226-8)

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller and 1997 National Book Award finalist, Le Divorce, comes a sparkling comedy of manners once again set in the world of Americans in Paris.

Anne-Sophie is a young Frenchwoman engaged to Tim Nolinger, an American journalist hot on the trail of a breaking story...

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Persian Nights
Written by Diane Johnson
Plume | Trade Paperback | February 1998
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-452-27958-2 (0-452-27958-5)

Chloe Fowler is the most unliberated woman she knows: disarmingly delicate and pretty, and not averse to putting either attribute to its best use, married, young, and satisfied with her normal American life as wife and mother. Yet Chloe is about to be liberated from everything she has ever known—in a... Read more

The Red and the Black
Written by Stendhal, Translated by Burton Raffel, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7207-8 (0-8129-7207-4)

A Major New Translation

The Red and the Black, Stendhal’s masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorel’s quest to find himself, and the doomed love he encounters... Read more

Written by Voltaire, Translated by Peter Constantine, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7201-6 (0-8129-7201-5)

In this splendid new translation of Voltaire’s satiric masterpiece, all the celebrated wit, irony, and trenchant social commentary of one of the great works of the Enlightenment is restored and refreshed.

Voltaire may have cast a jaundiced eye on eighteenth-century Europe–a place that was definitely not the “best of all possible worlds.”... Read more

The Custom of the Country
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75807-2 (0-375-75807-0)

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws... Read more