Fear of Flying

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author Erica Jong
Illustrated by Noma Bar
Foreword by Theresa Rebeck
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A striking deluxe edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong’s 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 Jong’s 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, Isadora’s honest and exuberant retelling of her sexual adventures—and misadventures—continues 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 Jong’s pioneering novel.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Erica Jong is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author. View titles by Erica Jong
Noma Bar is an acclaimed illustrator whose work has appeared in many publications and media outlets, including Time Out London, the BBC, the New York Times, Observer, Economist and Wallpaper*. Born in Israel, Noma Bar is London-based. View titles by Noma Bar

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A striking deluxe edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong’s 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 Jong’s 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, Isadora’s honest and exuberant retelling of her sexual adventures—and misadventures—continues 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 Jong’s pioneering novel.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author

Erica Jong is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author. View titles by Erica Jong
Noma Bar is an acclaimed illustrator whose work has appeared in many publications and media outlets, including Time Out London, the BBC, the New York Times, Observer, Economist and Wallpaper*. Born in Israel, Noma Bar is London-based. View titles by Noma Bar

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