Her disturbing memoire from 1994 received distinction for opening a dialogue on clinical depression and helped to compile an impartial style of confessional writing that is still influential.
Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,” died Tuesday at a hospital in Manhattan, her husband said. She was 52.
Wurtzel announced in 2015 that she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
Her husband, Jim Freed, said the breast cancer had tattoosed into her brain, according to The Washington Post.
Wurtzel received fame with the publication of ‘ Prozac Nation ‘, published in 1994. The memoir documented her struggle with depression and drug abuse. The book received great distinction for the rise to dialogue on clinical depression.
Wurtzel also has the essaysversameling “woman: In praise of difficult women ” and the memoir “More, now, again: a Memoir of addiction”, who received less praise.
The writer David Storl, a friend since his childhood, said to The New York Times: ‘ Lizzy’s literary genius rests not only in her acre’s feasible, but in her invention of what really was a new form, replacing more or less literary fiction –
The memoir of a young person that no one has ever heard before. It was a form that Lizzy had formed according to her own image, because she always had to be the character and the author. ‘
The journalist Ronan Farrow remembered Wurtzel Monday as ‘ friendly and generous ‘.
“I met Lizzy in law school. She started in the career when I was young, “got Farrow tweeted. “We were both wrong and she was friendly and generous and filled spaces that would otherwise have been lonely with her warmth and humor and idiosyncratic voice. She has given a lot for us. I miss her. “