Erica Jong is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book became famously controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality and figured prominently in the development of second-wave feminism. According to Washington Post, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.Early life and educationJong was born on March 26, 1942 in New York. She is the middle daughter of Seymour Mann , and Eda Mirsky . Her father was a businessman of Polish Jewish ancestry who owned a gifts and home accessories company known as one of the world's most acclaimed makers of collectible porcelain dolls. Her mother was born in England of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, and was a painter and textile designer who also designed dolls for her husband's company.