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Fear of Flying Paperback – Bargain Price, October 31, 2003
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“The first true loss of intimacy, security, and love in a woman's life typically brings her face to face with the terror of being alone: She must endure the insane pounding heart and not go mad. This is what Erica Jong's classic novel Fear of Flying is really all about: being snipped from the emotional strings that tie you to a man, going into free fall, and, perhaps, learning to fly.” ―BookForum
“A passionate novel... the body wanting sex, sex, sex and love and safety, comfort; the mind wanting freedom, independence, the power to work.... wonderfully funny and sad, witty and agonizing, brilliant, sensual, serious.” ―Hannah Green
“Belongs to and hilariously extends the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint.... [F]earless and fresh, tender and exact...” ―John Updike
“The boundary-breaking novel that redefined sexuality.” ―O magazine
“The book that started it all by the woman who started it all.” ―Naomi Wolf
“Extraordinary...at once wildly funny and very wise.” ―Los Angeles Times--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
More About the Author
(Bio used www.ericajong.com)
Erica Jong--novelist, poet, and essayist--has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness. She has published 23 books, including nine novels, seven volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.
In her groundbreaking first novel, Fear of Flying (20 million in print around the world in more than forty languages), she introduced Isadora Wing, who also plays a central part in three subsequent novels--How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, and Any Woman's Blues. In her three historical novels--Fanny, Shylock's Daughter, and Sappho's Leap--she demonstrates her mastery of eighteenth-century British literature, the verses of Shakespeare, and ancient Greek lyric, respectively. Erica's memoir of her life as a writer, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, came out in March 2006. It was a national bestseller in the US and many other countries. Erica's much anticipated novel, Fear of Dying, is due for publication by St. Martin's Press in September 2015.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University's Graduate Faculties where she received her M.A. in 18th Century English Literature, Erica Jong also attended Columbia's graduate writing program where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz and Mark Strand. In 2008, continuing her long-standing relationship with the university, a large collection of Erica's archival material was acquired by Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where it will be available to graduate and undergraduate students. Ms. Jong plans to teach master classes at Columbia and also advise the Rare Book Library on the acquisition of other women writers' archives.
Calling herself "a defrocked academic," Ms. Jong has partly returned to her roots as a scholar. She has taught at Ben Gurion University in Israel, Bennington College in the U.S., Breadloaf Writers' Conference in Vermont and many other distinguished writing programs and universities. She loves to teach and lecture, though her skill in these areas has sometimes crowded her writing projects. "As long as I am communicating the gift of literature, I'm happy," Jong says. A poet at heart, Ms. Jong believes that words can save the world.
Known for her commitment to women's rights, authors' rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She served as president of The Authors' Guild from 1991 to 1993 and still serves on the Board. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and editing.
Erica Jong was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, also won by W.S. Merwin and Sylvia Plath. In France, she received the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence and in Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature. The City University of New York awarded Ms. Jong an honorary PhD at the College of Staten Island. In June 2009, Erica won the first Fernanda Pivano Prize for Literature in Italy.
Erica Jong lives in New York City and Weston, CT with her husband, attorney Ken Burrows, and standard poodle, Belinda Barkowitz. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also a writer.
Top Customer Reviews
I read it. And it's turned out to be one of my favorite books. Not because it got me hot and bothered.. it wasn't any more "steamy" than an episode of NYPD blue, but because I found myself identifying so much with Isadora's plight... her urge to find herself, to balance her love for her husband with her urge to find the "zipless f***" and to do it all in a society that frowned upon a healthy sexual appetite in women.
Some people have found that the novel is self-serving and self-righteous, but not a drop of that came through to me. As a matter of fact, I was shocked to hear it!
I loved the book and I think most young women would too - which is why you're hearing a heartfel reccomendation from me!
This book has so many ways to praise it one hardly knows where to begin. But as a man too young to read it in 1973, I am profoundly grateful to Ms. Jong for the opportunity to read and grow with it now and, no doubt, many times in the future (seeing it back in print, I quickly purchased 3 copies to get me through several more planned readings in the coming years). This edition features the new 2002 afterword by the author, which is invaluable. Jong's perspective on the value of the book, its uncertain early history, publishing stats, and humbling effect on the lady herself add to the novel's resonance. This may be told from a much-needed woman's persepective, but I refuse to label it as "women's" or "feminine" lit. This towering work should not be so conveniently monikered. Its far too challenging, and important, for that. How about simply "classic"?
The thing that consistently struck me about the character Isadora White Wing was that she is not a fictional character. Through every scene I felt that I was reading a memoir, a self-portrait, not a novel. It's all GIVE, GIVE, GIVE to ME, ME, ME because I am so SPECIAL, SPECIAL, SPECIAL. Not once does Jong describe an event or situation in which Isadora does something giving or caring for another person, for a husband or lover, other than opening her legs or mouth -- which was one hundred percent for her benefit or pleasure anyway. She does not cook a meal, make a home, give a gift, bestow any genuine affection. She does not have a kind word for anyone, including, of course, her sisters and parents, all of whom are skewered relentlessly. It is supposed to be satire, I guess. But it is not funny. Especially the chapter about visiting her sister's family in Beirut, Lebanon.
She describes hiding as a girl among the mink coats in her mother's closet which reeked of "Joy" perfume, and pretending to disown her parents on family trips to Paris and London. She makes fun of secretaries and in fact anyone who has a job. Poor, poor Isadora.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a great book. still relevant. i will probably look at some of her other efforts - she's a great writer.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I knew vaguely about the hype and can imagine that Fear of Flying was quite risqué in its day. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sherry Barmania
Couldn't connect with it.... Saw it on the Sunday morning show and was excited... Maybe its just really old for our timePublished 1 month ago by Sinai Princess
No Frequent Flier Miles
To be fair, this work was an astonishing breakthrough novel for its time, and it can't be underestimated that this was one of the first (the... Read more
I had never read it before, and I loved it. I did not expect it to be so funny! Jong is great, and such an honest writer.Published 2 months ago by Isabel Luengo
First published in 1972, it doesn't resonate with me today as it did then. Once revelatory in its depiction of the
thoughts of a sexually liberated woman, it seems old hat... Read more