Bruce Jay Friedan

(b. 1930)

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New York City author, whose first novel, Stern (1962), presents a neurotic Jewish man with black humor, characteristic of later novels including A Mother's Kisses (1964), comically portraying a Jewish mother who not only chaperons her son Joseph at college but is an erotic figure in her own right; The Dick (1970), dealing with a Jewish public relations man in police headquarters; and About Harry Towns (1974), portraying a middle-aged screenwriter. His other works include the plays Scuba Duba (1968), Steambath (1970), and Foot in the Door (1979); stories collected in Far from the City of Class (1963), Black Angels (1966), and Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy (1984); and a comic self-help manual, The Lonely Guy's Book of Life (1978).

Subjects: Literature.

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