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Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a National Book Award finalist, as well as many other novels, including Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Persian Nights, and she co-authored the screenplay to The Shining with Stanley Kubrick. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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Persuasion
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






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

"Johnson is more droll than Henry James, to whom she's been compared, and she's as witty as a modern-day Voltaire. Vraiment, L'Affaire, c'est irresistible!”Publishers Weekly

Amy Hawkins, a 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... 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)

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

"If one were to cross Jane Austen and Henry James, the result would be Diane Johnson."—San Francisco Chronicle

The national bestseller and inspiration for the major motion picture starring Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson!

Called "stylish... refreshing... genuinely wise” by The New York Times Book Review,this delightful comedy of manners and morals... Read more






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)

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

"If one were to cross Jane Austen and Henry James, the result would be Diane Johnson."—San Francisco Chronicle

The national bestseller and inspiration for the major motion picture starring Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson!

Called "stylish... refreshing... genuinely wise” by The New York Times Book Review, this delightful comedy of manners and... Read more






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)

“Timely and provocatively incorrect."—Oprah.com (Mysteries Every Thinking Woman Should Read)

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


Now, Diane Johnson brilliantly exposes the manners and morals of the cultural collision between Islam and the West. Lulu... 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)

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

“A nearly flawless performance—a beautifully constructed, elegantly written book, delicate in its perceptions, powerful in its impact.”—New York Times


The riveting story 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... 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)

"Like Jane Austen, Johnson delights in the worldly rituals surrounding courtship and marriage... she is a philosopher as much as a novelist."—The New Yorker

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

Anne-Sophie is...

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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)

“Funny, incisive, frightening and eminently skillful."—New York Times

The year is 1978, the tumultuous period leading up to the Iranian Revolution. While visiting Iran with her husband, Chloe Fowler is left to travel alone after he is summoned home. Much to her surprise, she finds herself drawn to the country, intoxicated by each...

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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






Candide
Written by Voltaire, Translated by Peter Constantine, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$12.00/16.00(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





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