Erica Jong

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Eric Jong wrote: "There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes."[1] See also: There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes

Erica Jong is an American novelist, feminist, satirist, and poet. She is especially known for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying.

Fear of Flying, Erica Jong’s first and most famous novel published in 1973, sold over 37 million copies and was translated into over 45 languages including Chinese and Arabic. Her novel was written from a feminist perspective. Jong has published over 25 books in 45 languages.

Jong grew up in New York City.

Best known novels

  • Fear of Flying (1973)
  • Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones (1980)
  • Parachutes and Kisses (1984)


Jong earned a BA from Barnard College and attended graduate school at Columbia University, where she earned an MA in 18th-century literature.


  • Fernanda Pivano award in Italy

Eric Jong quotes

See also: There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes

  • "I myself hate that old Hemingwayesque paradigm of the writer as prizefighter and I have tried hard to create an alternate one for myself. When Anne Sexton admonished me, "We are all writing God's poem," I took it to mean there should be no competition between writers because we are all involved in a common project, a common prayer. But to Gore's and Norman's generation, particularly those male writers who served in the second world war, the prizefighter paradigm remains."[2]
  • "Underneath it all, you longed to be annihilated by love...".
  • "It's only when you're forbidden to talk about the future that you suddenly realize how much the future normally occupies the present."
  • "Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world."
  • "Everyone's a little crazy when you get inside their head... it's only a matter of degree."
  • "The worst thing about jealousy is how low it makes you reach."

Feminist quote

  • "Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life."

See also