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
- Sigmund Freud Award in Italy
- Deauville Award in France
- United Nations Award for excellence in literature.
Eric Jong quotes
- "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."
- "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."
- "Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life."
- Quote: "There are no atheists on turbulent planes, Erica Jong, Fear of Flying, Google books
- "Into the lion's den" in The Guardian (26 October 2000)