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Diane Lain Johnson, American Novelist, critic. Woodrow Wilson grantee, 1967; American Association of University Women fellow, 1968; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1977-1978; Nominee National Book Awards, 1973, 79; recipient Rosenthal award American Academy Arts and Letters, 1979, Mildred and Harold Strauss Living, American Academy & Institute Arts and Letters, 1988.


Johnson, Diane Lain was born on April 28, 1934 in Moline, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Dolph Lain and Frances Eloise (Elder) Lain.


Associate of Arts, Stephens College, 1953. Bachelor, University Utah, 1957. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1968.


She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Persian Nights in 1988. 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. In 2003, Le Divorce, a film adaptation of her comedy of manners novel of the same name, was released. It was directed by James Ivory and starred Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

Johnson currently divides her time between homes in Paris and San Francisco.


  • Born 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.



Member Modern Language Association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association. F C.


Married John Frederic Murray, November 9, 1969. Children: Kevin, Darcy, Amanda, Simon Johnson.

Dolph Lain Lain

Frances Eloise (Elder) Lain

John Frederic Murray

Kevin Johnson

Darcy Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Simon Johnson