Erica Jong is a New York-based poet and novelist.
Fear of Flying, Seducing the Demon, Love Comes First
United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, Deauville Award for Literary Excellence, Sigmund Freud Award for Literature
Which one or two American books or plays would you recommend to the foreign leaders? Briefly, why?
Huckleberry Finn, Leaves of Grass, Michael Gold’s Jews Without Money, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Emerson, Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Nancy Drew series, the Wizard of Oz books, especially Ozma of Oz, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Ruth Plumly Thompson.
Because Feminism is old, not new, and because Jewish authors added a lot.
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
My mother, my father, my grandparents, my aunt Kitty.
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Russia) have affected you as a reader and/or been most important to you as a writer?
Yeats, Shaw, Colette