Fear of Flying

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New American Library, 1973 - Fiction - 451 pages
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Originally published in 1973, this uninhibited story of Isadora Wing was a national sensation: fueling fantasies, igniting debates, and even introducing a notorious new phrase to the English language. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic Tropic of Cancer, predicting, "This book will make literary history, that because of it women are going to find their own voice and give us great sagas of sex, life, joy, and adventure." It went on to sell more than twelve million copies. Today, Fear of Flying is a classic--a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

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User Review  - Conrad Hall - Goodreads

This book was recommended as one worth reading. Having finished the book, I disagree with the recommendation. It was groundbreaking in 1973 only because it is vulgar and crass. Erica made great ... Read full review

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User Review  - Drew - Goodreads

As someone who's had issues with air travel in the past I guess I came at this book with the wrong self-help assumptions in mind. But although flying is only tangentially treated as a subject, it is a ... Read full review

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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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