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About the Author

Erica Jong is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her most recent essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Currently working on a novel featuring Isadora Wing—the heroine of Fear of Flying—as a woman of a certain age, Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author.

Erica Jong left a Ph.D. program at Columbia to write her ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973. Jong is the author of numerous award-winning books of poetry and novels including Fanny, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Any Woman’s Blues, and the forthcoming Sappho’s Leap. She is also the author of the memoir Fear of Fifty. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ERICA JONG
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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally Sky on July 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a great fan of Erica Jong so I couldn't miss this brilliant collection of essays. I adore her style, simple, smart, direct. Her way of depicting the female universe is sometimes incredibly moving, in other moments provocative but always shamelessly sincere. I love this book because each time you read an essay, it is somehow like discovering something new, unexpected about yourself. You are never just passively 'dragged'; you can't do without reflecting even when not necessary you identify yourself in what you read. The essays are stimulating, catchy. Among others, you will read about the immortal literary myth of Jane Eyre, Nabokov's forever young Lolita or an engaging point of view on the modern icon of Princess Diana. All the essays are different from each other, they look into different aspects of the female psyche. However, they have one umbilical cord, the meaning of which is condensed in the title. What do women want is an immersion in a vivacious stream of reflections on women's constantly evolving role in our modern society.

The edition is very nice too, nice cover page and layout, good readability.
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By Dr. Wilson Trivino on December 26, 2011
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The timeless question: What do women want? This question is tackled by Erica Jong in her book entitled by the same inquiry.
This book is more than a long answer it is reflection of spirit and Jong's own journey into discovering her identity.
Jong, using her uncompromising prowess, delves into womanhood: mother, daughter, and herself. She shares her vulnerability and the complexity of the modern woman.
The lore of sex and all its broad implication, sex is much more than a strong member and a moist recipient, it is about touch, feel, and involving the entire mind, spirit, and body. She lays out the recipe for the perfect man or a mixture of men.
In the end What do women want? By Erica Jong is a composition of the inner being of the complexity of the women psyche.
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By richard Shaw on August 22, 2013
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I love this wonderful book of insightful essays by the celebrated author of Fear Of Flying. My favorite essay in this collection is the one about the classic Victorian novel Jane Eyre by Charlolette Bronte. She sees Jane Eyre as a budding feminist struggling to survive and come of age during a time of male domination, and when women were denied equal rights.
Jane Eyre is the study of a strong willed woman determined to be herself and find her place in a male dominated society

Erica Jong does an excellent job of analyzing Jane Eyre character and the traits that make her a strong woman, and a role model for all of us.

Richard Shaw is the author of Smart Like Shakespeare and Writing As Consolation (Kindle).
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This is an interesting and diverse collection of papers about role models and authors with analyses and compromises that make relationships work or fall. Erica shares her intimate knowledge of the people and subjects she writes about exposing bold insights into the life and thoughts of writers. She is particularly awesome in delivering the brutal truth of taboo subjects like incest. I am seeking a mature woman's knowledge, experience and opinion of lust, love and life. She gives me that.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Shlimovich on November 24, 2009
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I picked up this book by chance in the library, having read Erica's "Fear of Flying" before, and falling into the trap of the catchy title.

It is always a risky proposition to ask such a blanket question as she does about all women, and even more is to give an answer that she does - bread,roses, sex, power. It is only symptomatic that Erica does not say - love. And while reading the book, and remembering her Fear, one understands that she is a victim of such a deep-seated inferiority complex, probably greatly enhanced by her psychiatrist husband - a complex of a lonely unloved woman who is suffering from not getting enough attention and admiration, and who as a result had become quite a valiant fighter, but perhaps not a lover.

She writes with such venom about Princess Diana, with her envy reaches a point of bizarre when she compares Diana's wedding in St-Paul cathedral with her own hippie-style; she viciously ridicules the poor Princess, who perhaps did not have the intelligence of Margaret Thatcher, but what made people love her is that she was simply... stunningly beautiful; an embodiment of a dream, a true Princess, noble and refined in looks and grace, and it was indeed enough for the whole world to admire - seemingly a fact that Erica could not forgive. Ms. Jong seems to rejoice in Princess's tragic death, vindictively, although unhappy Diana was looking for the same as the author - love, maybe more than sex and power. Somehow it was quite repulsive to read the pages where Erica hisses as a poisonous snake, attacking Diana's pearls - while herself on my edition of the book she wears them on the cover page.

One more point is Ms. Jong's complete misunderstanding of Nabokov's Lolita.
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