Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Erica Jong Quotes

  • ''In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving—instead of actually getting up and leaving.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A Day in the Life ...," How To Save Your Own Life (1977).
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  • ''Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A Day in the Life ...," How to Save Your Own Life (1977).
  • ''Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A day in the life ...," epigraph, How to Save Your Own Life (1977).
  • ''The only difference between men and women is that women are able to create new little human beings in their bodies while simultaneously writing books, driving tractors, working in offices, planting crops—in general, doing everything men do.''
    Erica Jong (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. As quoted in Necessary Losses, by Judith Viorst, ch. 8 (1986).
  • ''My generation had Doris Day as a role model, then Gloria Steinem—then Princess Diana. We are the most confused generation.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. poet and novelist. As quoted in People magazine, p. 36 (March 7-14, 1994). Day (b. 1924) was a blond, wholesome, ever-virginal star of Hollywood movies in the 1950s and sixties; she performed dramatic roles but achieved her greatest popularity in romantic comedies. Steinem (b. 1934) was a prominent feminist. Lady Diana Spencer (b. 1961) became a Princess when she married Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne; like Day, she represented traditional values and ideals of femininity. All three women were extremely attractive physically.
  • ''There is still the feeling that women's writing is a lesser class of writing, that ... what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is not as important as what goes on in the battlefield, ... that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. As quoted in The Craft of Poetry, by William Packard (1974). Many of Jong's poems and fiction works dealt with love, sex, and family.
  • ''A baby is a full time job for three adults. Nobody tells you that when you're pregnant, or you'd probably jump off a bridge. Nobody tells you how all-consuming it is to be a mother—how reading goes out the window and thinking too.''
    Erica Jong (20th century), U.S. author. Fear of Fifty, ch. 2 (1994).
  • ''Solitude is un-American.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).

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Best Poem of Erica Jong

Sunday Afternoons

I sit at home
at my desk alone
as I used to do
on many sunday afternoons
when you came back to me,
your arms ached for me,
and your arms would close me in
though they smelled of other women.

I think of you
on Sunday afternoons.

Your sweet head would bow,
like a child somehow,
down to me -
and your hair and your eyes were wild.

We would embrace on the floor-
You see my back´s still sore.
You knew how easily I bruised,
It´s a soreness I would never lose.

I think of you
on Sunday afternoons.

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The Artist As An Old Man

If you ask him he will talk for hours--
how at fourteen he hammered signs, fingers
raw with cold, and later painted bowers
in ladies' boudoirs; how he played checkers
for two weeks in jail, and lived on dark bread;
how he fled the border to a country
which disappeared wars ago; unfriended
crossed a continent while this century
began. He seldom speaks of painting now.

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