EXCLUSIVE: Erica Jong on Writing and Collecting Banned Books

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

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Fear of Flying was once a banned book. The first typesetter refused to set type in 1973. The networks refused TV ads in 1973 and 1974. Italy seized the book in 1975.

(My illustrated book, Witches, was even more banned and burned than Fear of Flying. Adolescent wiccans often send me copies of Witches that their benighted parents or priests burned.)

Often banned books become classics.


My husband and I collect banned books, so I am thrilled to have a first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence, a first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, a first edition of Whoroscope by Samuel Beckett, and a first edition of The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (the first great banned lesbian novel). I also have Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov — the Olympia Press edition that book-lovers brought home from Paris in the 1950’s.



We’re always in search of important banned books to add to our collection. Being banned turns out to be a great compliment to the author.


Banned no more,

Erica Jong


Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist, and memoirist, and one of the nation’s most distinctive voices on women and sexuality. She is the author of the ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying. She can be found on Twitter at @ericajong and on FacebookFor a chance to win Fear of Flying and 29 other banned books, enter here