Erica Jong

(b. 1942)

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born in New York City, graduated from Barnard College (1963). Her books include Fear of Flying (1973), about an intense, neurotic New York woman in her thirties enjoying a lively sexual experience for two weeks with an existentialist Englishman; How To Save Your Own Life (1977), a sequel in which the woman's first novel becomes a best seller and she prepares to write another while enjoying sexual encounters with a man and a woman; and Parachutes&Kisses (1984), continuing the life of her heroine verging on forty. Fanny (1980) is a picaresque novel in a pseudo-18th-century style, written from the point of view of a woman. Her poems appear in Fruits and Vegetables (1971), Half-Lives (1973), Loveroot (1975), At the Edge of the Body (1979), and Ordinary Miracles (1983).

Subjects: Literature.

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