Posted on January 7, 2020 at 4:33 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Influential memoirist Elizabeth Wurtzel has died.

A friend confirmed to NPR that the Prozac Nation writer succumbed to breast cancer today at the age of fifty-two.

Wurtzel’s 1994 bestseller about her struggles with depression may not have charmed everyone, but its raw honesty kicked off a national conversation about mental health, says NPR’s Colin Dwyer.

It also opened the door for future frank memoirs, including another from Wurtzel herself — More, Now, Again — this time about drug addiction.

You can read more about Wurtzel in NPR’s obituary.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Memoir, NPR, Obituary

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