Elizabeth Wurtzel, who with 27 years published the famous autobiographical novel Prozac Nation, died Tuesday in New York of cancer at age 52, newspapers reported The New York Times Y The Washington Post Wurtzel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and wrote about her experience for The New York Times He underwent a double mastectomy but died due to a brain metastasis, he informed The Washington Post her husband, Jim Freed. His editorial could not confirm his death.
Wurtzel’s famous first opera in 1994 encouraged a national dialogue about depression and the drug Prozac that was medicated to fight it, then novel. Franco and uninhibited, his account of his student days at Harvard, his use of drugs, his sexual adventures and his mental problems as a child also changed the way memories are written. The play made Wurtzel a celebrity.
Some critics were relentless with the book, considering the author narcissistic and obsessed with herself. “It’s a Sylvia Plath with Madonna’s ego,” Ken Tucker wrote about Wurtzel in September 1994 in The New York Times Book Review.
But not everyone agreed, and others saw beyond. “Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, self-indulgent, self-aware, Prozac Nation owns the raw candor of the essays of Joan Didion, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath in Glass bell and the dark humor of a Bob Dylan song, “Michiko Kakutani, the famous literary excritical of The New York Times
Prozac Nation It was adapted to the big screen in 2001, with Christina Ricci as the protagonist. Wurtzel continued writing books and magazine articles. He published the essay collection Bitch in 1998 and in 2002 More, now and again: a memoir of addiction, among others.