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How to save your own life : a novel : manuscript


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Feminist novelist, poet, and essayist Erica Jong has published 20 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction, and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers.

In her first novel,

Fear of Flying (1973), she introduced Isadora Wing, who is also a central character in three subsequent novels: How to Save Your Own Life (1977), Parachutes and Kisses (1984), and Any Woman's Blues (1990).

Erica Jong, best-selling author of Fear of Flying and Seducing the Demon, (accessed May 7, 2009).

This typescript manuscript of

How to Save Your Own Life : a novel, written by Erica Jong in 1977, bears light corrections.

The typescript bears the copyright date of 1977 and comprises 8 preliminary pages and 341 numbered pages. The half-title page bears the autograph signature of the author, while the full title page denotes the publishers as "Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York." The typescript contains some hand-penned annotations and revisions in ink.

This novel continues the story of Isadora Wing, the protagonist from Jong's earlier novel

Fear Of Flying, three years after the events depicted in the first novel. Preliminary pages include "About the book" and "About the author."

Box 57, F0840: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 2009.

Processed and encoded by Christiana Dobrzynski, May 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2009 May 7
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Collection Inventory

How to Save Your Own Life : a novel (part 1), 1977.
Box 57 Folder F0840a
Scope and Contents

Folder contains 8 pages of front matter and numbered pages 1-156.

Physical Description

1 item (164 p.)

How to Save Your Own Life : a novel (part 2), 1977.
Box 57 Folder F0840b
Scope and Contents

Folder contains numbered pages 157-341.

Physical Description

1 item (185 p.)

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