Synopses & Reviews
A striking deluxe edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Erica Jongs groundbreaking classic
Before Hannah from Girls, Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey, and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, there was Isadora Wing, the uninhibited, outspoken protagonist of Erica Jongs revolutionary novel. First published in 1973, Fear of Flying caused a national sensation, fueling fantasies, igniting debates about women and sex, and introducing a notorious phrase to the English language. Forty years later, Isadoras honest and exuberant retelling of her sexual adventuresand misadventurescontinues to provoke and inspire, and stands as an iconic tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood. With provocative cover art by illustrator Noma Bar, this special fortieth-anniversary edition will introduce a new generation of women to Jongs pioneering novel.
"[A] revisit to Fear of Flying feels more familiar than I expected. If the adventures described in Jong's novel decidedly belong to 1973, the tone confiding and casual, a pell-mell cascade of soul-searching has stayed with us ever since....Updike thought he saw Chaucer's Wife of Bath in Isadora Wing. Millions of women thought they saw themselves. They could have done worse." Laura Miller, The New York Times
"Fear of Flying...belongs to and hilariously extends the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint." John Updike, New Yorker
"It is rare these days to come upon a book written by a woman which is so refreshing, so gay and sad at the same time, and so full of wisdom about the eternal man-woman problem.... This book will make literary history....[B]ecause of it women are going to find their own voice and give us great sagas of sex, life, joy and adventure."Henry Miller, New York Times
"It was sex, of course, that made Fear of Flying such a hit, and the book...still has the capacity to make a person reading it on the subway feel suddenly self-conscious.... Fear of Flying is sloppily written and lousy with clichés. But fastidious good taste is not perhaps absolutely essential in a novel." Laura Miller, New York Times Book Review
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.
The 30th Anniversary special!
Originally published in 1973, the ground-breaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation—and sold more than twelve million copies. Now, after thirty years, the iconic novel still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.
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.