Diane Johnson

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Diane Johnson (Born Diane Lain)
Born (1934-04-28) April 28, 1934 (age 84)
Moline, Illinois, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
GenresFiction, satire, essays, screenwriting
Notable awardsAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters, 1999

Diane Johnson Born Diane Lain) (born April 28, 1934) is an American novelist and essayist whose satirical novels often feature American heroines living abroad in contemporary France. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Persian Nights in 1988.


Born Diane Lain in Moline, Illinois, Johnson's recent books include Lulu in Marrakech (2008), L'Affaire (2003), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997), for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Award gold medal for fiction. Her memoir Flyover Lives was released in January 2014.

She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since the mid-1970s. With filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Johnson co-authored the screenplay to The Shining (1980), based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King.[1]

In 2003, Le Divorce, a film adaptation of her comedy of manners novel of the same name, was released, directed by James Ivory and starred Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to B. Lamar Johnson Jr. in 1953. She has 4 children from her first marriage: Kevin, Darcy, Amanda, and Simon. After a few years separated and divorced, she married John Frederic Murray in 1968. Johnson currently divides her time between homes in Paris and San Francisco.



  • Fair Game (1965)
  • Loving Hands at Home (1968)
  • Burning (1971)
  • The Shadow Knows (1974)
  • Lying low (1978)
  • Persian Nights (1987)
  • Health and Happiness (1990)
  • Le Divorce (1997)
  • Le Mariage (2000)
  • L'Affaire (2003)
  • Into a Paris Quartier (2005)
  • Jazsmin (2007)
  • Lulu in Marrakech (2008)


  • The True History of Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives (1972)
  • Dashiell Hammett: A Life (1983)
  • Flyover Lives: A Memoir (2014)


  1. ^ Goldstein, Bill (March 7, 2000). "Audio Interview: Diane Johnson". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Scott, A. O. (August 8, 2003). "FILM REVIEW; Paris in the Summer, When It Sits There". The New York Times.

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