Erica Jong

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Erica Jong (born March 26, 1942) is an American author and educator. Born in New York City, Jong graduated from Barnard College in 1963. She is best known for her first novel, Fear of Flying (published in 1973), which created a sensation with its frank treatment of a woman's sexual desires.

See: Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected


  • "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."
  • "Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it ... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for ... and the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
  • "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
  • "I have accepted fear as part of life - specifically the fear of change ... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says turn back."
  • "Men and women, women and men. It will never work."
  • "Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame."

"Inevitably, I drank too much, talked too much, smiled too hard, swallowed back too much bile."

"Jealousy is all the fun you think they had"

"It's all worth it if it makes you feel alive."

"Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God."


  • Never follow a dog act. You know you're on the skids when you play yourself in the movie version of your life.
    • Erica Jong's father (a vaudevillian performer), his two pieces of advice for her. Given in the Times Literary Supplement, 7 October 1994, page 44.

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