Inventing Memory Summary
Jong's writing has always addressed feminist issues, and Inventing Memory is no exception. The novel is dominated by women who are seeking personal fulfillment through activities other than marriage, but who find themselves in a world where marriage is the only socially accepted option. Each woman strives to express her artistic talents, to fulfill her sexual desires, to support her political ideals, and to assist her daughter in becoming a happy woman.
The importance of motherhood to each character cannot be overstated: In positive and negative ways, motherhood defines, delimits, burdens, and enriches the lives of every woman in the story.
Each woman discovers overwhelming emotional bonds upon becoming a mother; and each fails her daughter in at least one way. Mother-daughter relationships are made even more complicated by the changing social circumstances that perennially leave the older generation out of step with contemporary mores: What was a...
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Erica Jong Biographies (5)
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Erica Jong, American poet and novelist, was born in 1942 in New York City where she grew up on the Upper West Side. Like the protagonist of her novels, Isadora Wing, she attended the High School of Mu...
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Erica Jong was born in New York City to Seymour and Eda Mirsky Mann. She took a B.A. from Barnard College in 1963 and an M.A. from Columbia in 1965. She taught English at the City University of New Yo...
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Her first novel, Fear of Flying , gained worldwide fame for Erica Jong as a writer about women's literary and sexual adventures. But the reputation of Fear of Flying has overshadowed Jong's achievemen...
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Erica Jong is primarily known for her six best-selling novels: Fear of Flying (1973), with twelve and a half million copies in print; How to Save Your Own Life (1977); Fanny: Being the True History o...
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Since publishing her grounding-breaking first novel, Fear of Flying in 1973, best-selling American feminist writer Erica Jong (born 1942) has published fiction, collections of poetry, and countless ar...