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Born in Sacramento; graduated from University of California-Berkeley in 1956. Worked as associate feature editor for Vogue (1956-63) and as columnist for Saturday Evening Post, Life, and Esquire. Author of novels Run River (1963), Play It As It Lays (1970), A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996); essay collections Slouching Toward Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1979), After Henry (1992), and Political Fictions (2002); nonfiction Salvador (1983), and Miami (1987). Co-author, with John Gregory Dunne, of screenplays The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Play It As It Lays (1972), A Star Is Born (1976), True Confessions (1981), "Hills Like White Elephants" in Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990), Broken Trust (1995), and Up Close and Personal (1996).