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
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
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,
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.