Biography

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is the author of eight novels including FEAR OF FLYING, FANNY, BEING THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE ADVENTURES OF FANNY HACKABOUT-JONES, SHYLOCK'S DAUGHTER (formerly titled SERENISSIMA), a novel of Venice, and INVENTING MEMORY, a novel of mothers and daughters. Several of her novels have been worldwide bestsellers. Her other books include the nonfiction works, FEAR OF FIFty: A Midlife Memoir, THE DEVIL AT LARGE, a study of Henry Miller, WITCHES, WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?, and six volumes of poetry.

FEAR OF FLYING, which was first published in 1973, is about to be re-issued in a 30th anniversary edition. In print in 27 languages, this modern classic has sold seven million copies in the US alone, with worldwide figures reaching approximately 12 million.

Erica Jong's novel, SAPPHO'S LEAP, an odyssey about the greatest lyric singer of all time, is set in the ancient world. It was published by W.W. Norton in May 2003. Her two other historical novels, Fanny and Shylock's Daughter, will also be reissued by Norton with Reading Group guides. A musical production of Fanny is currently in preparation at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

In 1998, Erica Jong was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. In addition, she received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize for her poetry and the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France. In Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature in 1975. Her works have appeared all over the world and are as popular in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, and Asia as they have been in the United States and Western Europe.

Erica Jong has taught literature and writing at The University of Maryland's Overseas Division, The City University of New York, The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, The Breadloaf Writers Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, The Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel, and Bennington College.

A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University's Graduate Faculties where she studied 18th Century English Literature, Erica Jong also attended Columbia' graduate writing program where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz and Mark Strand. She has lectured and read her work all over the world.

Erica Jong lives in New York City and Weston, Connecticut.

Erica Jong

Books by Erica Jong

by Erica Jong - Women's Fiction

Originally published in 1973 by Holt, Reinhardt and Winston, Fear of Flying, the internationally bestselling story of Isadora Wing by Erica Jong, coined a new phrase for a sex act and launched a new way of thinking about gender, sexuality, and liberty in our society. On the 40th anniversary of its initial publication, we, the original publisher, are reissuing this seminal work with a new introduction by Jennifer Weiner.