Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a New York-based poet and novelist.

Selected Works:

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

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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

What is the Power of the Word Exhibit?

Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers and Writers is the first online exhibition of The American Writers Museum. As world leaders gather in the U.S. this spring, The American Writers Museum Foundation is inviting American writers and readers to explore the power of the word and join in a discussion of how American books can help readers in other parts of the world better understand our culture.

Leaders Gallery

An exploration into what some of the world’s most powerful leaders like to read, and how reading has influenced them.

Writers Gallery

American writers comment on their early experiences with reading and name the books they think world leaders should read in order to better understand American culture.

Readers Gallery

An interactive, open forum where readers are invited to join the discussion by answering the question: Which American works of literature do you think leaders from other nations should read in order to gain a better understanding of America?

We would like to thank our exhibit sponsors for their generous support:


What is The American Writers Museum?

The mission of The American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives. Learn more at