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Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel
Born July 1967 (age 42)
New York City
Occupation Novelist, Journalist
Nationality United States
Genres Confessional Memoir
Notable work(s) Prozac Nation

Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel is an American writer and journalist, known for her work in the confessional memoir genre. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.


Early life

Wurtzel was brought up in New York City in a Jewish family. Her parents divorced when she was young. As described in her memoir Prozac Nation, Wurtzel's depression began at the ages of 10 to 12. She attended the Ramaz School in the Upper East Side of New York City.[1] While an undergraduate at Harvard College, she wrote for The Harvard Crimson and the Dallas Morning News, from which she was later fired for plagiarism.[2] Wurtzel also received the 1986 Rolling Stone College Journalism Award.[3] [4]

Prozac Nation

Wurtzel is best known for publishing her memoir, the best-selling Prozac Nation, at the age of 26. The book chronicles her battle with depression while being a college undergraduate and how she was eventually rescued by Prozac after a history of therapy and multiple suicide attempts. The film adaptation of Prozac Nation, starring Christina Ricci, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2001,[5] but never had a U.S. theatrical release. It was telecast on the Starz! network in March 2005[6] and was released on DVD in the summer of 2005.

Other work

Following her graduation from Harvard, Wurtzel moved to Greenwich Village in New York City and found work as pop music critic for The New Yorker and New York Magazine. She graduated from Yale Law School at the end of the 2008 term, but has since failed the New York bar exam the first time she took it. Wurtzel has sparked controversy in the legal community by holding herself out as a "lawyer" in interviews, even though she is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.[7] She writes on a regular basis on pop culture for The Wall Street Journal and is employed as an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner L.L.P..[8] [9]


On September 21, 2008 after the suicide of David Foster Wallace, Wurtzel wrote an article for New York about time spent with him,[10] which caused controversy among some of Wallace's fans.[11]

In January 2009, she authored a highly controversial article at The Guardian,[12] arguing that the vehemence of opposition demonstrated in Europe to Israel's actions in the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, when compared to the international reaction to human rights abuses in China, Darfur and Arab countries, suggested an antisemitic undercurrent fueling the outrage. In her words,

But to communicate with anyone I think of as rightminded (and left-leaning) in any other part of the world [i.e. outside the US] is to experience the purest antisemitism since the Nazi era. In fact, in Europe right now, it is de rigueur to liken the current regime in Israel with the Nazi party, and to view the experience of the Palestinians as a form of ethnic cleansing. Hamas and Hezbollah are thought by the French and British to be social welfare organisations, and Israel is viewed as a terrorist state.
...with all the troubles in the world, with the terrible things that the Chinese do in Tibet, and do to their own citizens; with the horrors of genocide committed in Darfur by Sudanese Muslims; with all the bad things that Arab governments in the Middle East visit upon their own people — no need for Israel to have a perfectly horrible time — still, the focus is on what the Jews may or may not be doing wrong in Gaza. And it makes people angry and vehement as nothing else does. The vitriol it inspires is downright weird.


  • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America: A Memoir (1994)
  • Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women (1999)
  • The Secret of Life: Commonsense Advice for Uncommon Women (2001) (previously published as Radical Sanity and The Bitch Rules)
  • More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction (2001)


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